The Pakistani-American composer on investigating our relationship to machines, plus a very special synth demo and live set.
Brooklyn-based Qasim Naqvi is one-third of the jazz/electronic ensemble Dawn of Midi, a modular synth experimenter and prolific composer. His heady compositions have been commissioned by orchestras around the world, and he’s scored numerous films. On May 3, Naqvi will release his first non-soundtrack record, Teenages on the avant-garde electronic label Erased Tapes. A project two years in the making, the album is comprised of tracks produced on a modular synth he built himself. With such a personal connection to the machine behind the sounds, the album’s electronics have a unique, living feel; Naqvi’s work examines society’s relationship to technology and how individual development is deeply affected. On today’s show, he chats with Vivian on this understanding of the new world order, and performs a very special live set and demo of his synth.