Fireside Chat

Craig Leon

60 minsFirst aired 18 Apr 2019
Amelia Troubridge

Nearly 40 years after his last solo works, the American composer, musician and conductor returns with an ambient exploration of outer space.

Craig Leon is an American musician, conductor, composer and producer whose work has become increasingly concerned with finding a sonic space between Earth and outer space. Starting out in the early ’70s as a producer and A&R for Sire Records, he helped shape the sound of bands like Suicide, the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie. For the last 30 years, he’s worked within modern classical and experimental electronic synthesis, composing for orchestras and ensembles and working with vocalists like his long-term partner Cassell Webb. Nearly 40 years after releasing his first two albums, 1981’s Nommos and 1982’s Visiting, Leon returns in 2019 with a solo full-length electronic album, Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Vol 2: The Canon, for Rvng Intl. Inspired by ancient mythologies and religions, outer space and imagined alien beings, in this Fireside Chat Leon talks about creating ambient music with and for a vivid imagination.


Interview by Lauren Martin
Written and engineered by Marc Übel
Produced by Carmen Hofmann and Jordan Rothlein

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