Back in the ’70s, Laurie Anderson had a lot of fun playing with people’s perceptions of what a music piece could be, and by throwing together surreal performance, spoken word tone poems, and abstract synth grooves, she even turned the pop world upside down. Originally a sculptor before she started crafting her unique soundscapes, her calm, syncopated delivery conjures all manner of tripped-out dream imagery – evocative and vague enough to qualify as fully-blown artistic statements.
Widely influential for her use of early samplers and invented electronic instruments, Anderson has collaborated with Brian Eno, Andy Kaufman, and late husband Lou Reed – dancing her own path through art and music with a sense of wonder for life and nature. Anderson continues to collaborate and give voice to her artistic creations and installations, working with avant-garde brassman Colin Stetson and Kronos Quartet. In this excerpt from her recent interview with RBMA Radio, Anderson talks in-depth about her music-making process.