Michael Stearns and Planetary Unfolding at 40 & Trentemøller Interview on Echoes.
Michael Stearns creates music that’s like the universe expanding. That’s why he’s picked to score Imax films and movies like Chronos and Baraka. In 1981, Stearns released Planetary Unfolding. It was an album length work of seminal ambient electronics that would go on to influence a generation and beyond. Now that album is being reissued by Projekt Records. We’ve picked it as the Echoes CD of the Month for April. On this show, we’ll not only feature the album, but we’ll hear a new interview with Michael Stearns talking about his ambient masterpiece. Stearns talks about the new age culture from it emerged including the movement studio from which it emerged. We’ll hear how the album’s endless evolution was conceived and hear the roar of the Beam, his 12-foot, 24-string cosmic lyre. A Michael Stearns interview and Planetary Unfolding April CD of the Month, on Echoes.
Some weekend listeners will also hear an interview with Trentemøller. He is a Danish electronic musician who started out on the dance floor. But now he’s creating a more introspective music drawing upon his memories, as well as his recent status as a father. He mixes downtempo grooves, New Wave moods and dreampop vocals on this wistful album with a beat. From his home in Copenhagen, he and his partner, singer/guitarist Lisbet Fritze talk about Memoria with Trentemoller on Echoes from PRX.