From the lovely people at Aquarium Drunkard
Yet another great listen from the Other Minds Audio Archive – an interview with the always fascinating Laurie Anderson. In part 1 of this interview before a live audience of 1000 at the Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Laurie Anderson about songs from her recent album, Mister Heartbreak. Anderson discusses influences on many of the songs on that album including Kokoku and Sharkeys Day. In addition, the composer explains her new albums departure from her last release, Big Science, containing O Superman. In Part 2, Laurie discusses the origins and variations of the song O Superman (for Massenet). She plays a Jules Massenet piece sung by Charles Holland (O Souverain) then O Superman by Laurie; also various bootleg/cover versions of O Superman.“ She discusses the Eventide Harmonizer, the three states of a song while analyzing song Its Cold Outside which was to become Big Science and listen to variations of both pieces. Laurie takes questions from the audience and then talks about writer William Burroughs.