KUAF Arts Beat: 'By the middle of the third whole note we need to be crying'

Feb 9, 2019

Amos Cochran presenting his soundscape "A Modern Procedure for Breathing" as part of the 2018 Unexpected in Fort Smith.
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Although Amos Cochran never studied formal music theory and admits that he doesn't really know how to read music, his sonic dreamscapes have featured in films screened at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival and brought him a regional Emmy nomination. 

“My process still goes back to let’s go the garage. Let’s jam with the drummer, the bass player and the guitarist," he explains of his process of layering sounds. "I’ve sort of taken that into a more classical realm and I feel like I’ve snuck into the back door and I shouldn’t be doing this."

Through felted piano, electronics and collaboration with string players he's transforming his bedroom recordings into live performances.

“My music is funny. You hand it to people and it’s four whole notes, and you think, that’s no big deal," he explains. "But it’s a lot more than that because by the middle of the third whole note we need to all be crying."

He'll present those sounds for a Trillium Salon Series concert Saturday, Feb. 16, in collaboration with violinist Miranda Baker Burns. Hear the full KUAF Arts Beat interview in the on-demand streaming link above.