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Rhys Chatham (b. September 19, 1952, New York City) is an American composer, guitarist, and trumpet player, primarily active in avant-garde and minimalist fields of experimentation. He is best known for his "guitar orchestra" compositions, which are acknowledged as the major influence on his sonic contemporary Glenn Branca. He has lived in France since 1987.

On the "energy in music"

RC: "[I] listen all day long to the techno station in France. I live in Paris now and we have this station called Radio FG. And I don't even know the names of the groups. They just play non-stop and the melody is like `BOOM BOOM BOOM'. You know how every 5 years an energy goes to a different place in music? It doesn't mean that rock `n' roll isn't happening or it's not continually going on but there's a different focus. Sometimes it's in avant-garde music, sometimes it's in jazz, sometimes it's in rock. Right now it's in all of these incredible varieties of techno music and all the sub-sections like jungle and new electronica." -- http://www.djnoble.demon.co.uk/ints/RHYSCHA.THA2.html




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