My dependence on the CBC for information is getting slightly embarrassing. But I turned on the radio just in time to hear a couple of great Q segments recently, completely by accident.
Bjork and Tori Amos are two of my favourite musical artists. Both women are creative in a book-smart, academic kind of way. Their creative process lies somewhere between spiritual and scientific, and they let their art lead them into experimental projects, whether or not they’ll bring commercial success. I find the way they describe their craft pretty fascinating – they conceptualize sound as structure, and construct it as if it were architecture or sculpture.
And they’re both a little kooky. I like that.
In this interview, Bjork talks about her album Biophilia, which plays with the tensions between nature and technology, education and entertainment.
In this interview, Tori Amos talks about her album Night of Hunters and how its mythical narrative attempts to breathe contemporary, feminine energy into the work of classical male composers.