is already pedestalled as the alt-rock orchestral arranger by appointment. Thanks to the young Canadian’s blinding work for Arcade Fire, Beirut and Alex Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets and his own musical meisterwerks. Owen Pallett’s concept, musically, is to transpose compositional ideas from techno to strings and loops.
This often happens. After 24 hours of staying awake, music becomes very crystalline to the ears. Pop music is out of the question. I'll usually put on something like Anne Murray or Jann Arden and be amazed how «avant garde» it is.
I love her music.
More 80s hits.
Lots of running piano parts.
Or French disco.
I cook a lot, usually big, buttery, british feasts. To counteract the cheesecloths and chives I listen to «Pop Tatari».
If I found myself naked in a cornfield, I wouldn’t be hooking up an iPod to listen to music. I’d probably be in great danger.
I don’t know.
I have to listen to every record made by every Canadian artist for my work. It’s very depressing to listen to songs about french/english relations and grain silos all day.
We used to put on Steve Reich's «Drumming» or Diamanda Galas’ «Schrei X» and turn it up very loud. There would be portuguese parades outside my friend’s old apartment, so we’d put the speakers outside and blast it as loud as we could when they went by.
My roommate Matt will play the guitar late into the night. His songs are beautiful.
I played with lego until I was 15. My interests at the age of 15 were lego and sex. I bought my first two pop records at that time. They were Björk’s «Debut» and Jean-Michel Jarre’s «Chronologie». Björk was what I listened to when I was getting to third base. Jean Michel Jarre was what I listened to when I was recreating Tir Asleen.
I cook a lot, usually big, buttery, british feasts. To counteract the cheesecloths and chives I listen to The Boredoms’ «Pop Tatari».
People think his music is about gender conflict, but it’s actually all about how afraid of death he is.
We didn’t have a CD player hooked up, only a tapedeck. I only listened to classical music when I was growing up, so all my tapes are classical. The best one for painting is: «String Quartets». It requires a lot of focus.
The last plane I flew on I listened to the «Sweet Dreams» album, which has an amazing song called «Love Is A Stranger» on it that I had totally forgotten about. I owned that tape when I was six and I thought Annie Lennox was the most scary and beautiful thing in the world. I'd also listen to the Bloc Party which I really love. What a band! They’re doing everything right and the drums on that record sound like a million dollars. Also, Yehudi Menuhin playing Beethoven’s violin concerto.
I met Erland Oye a few weeks ago. He is not very talkative. Neither am I. I said quietly wanted to move to Berlin and he said I could live at his old place. That was about it. Generally shy people don’t have too much to say to each other.
Usually I get off on intensifying «my feelings». Drinking coffee when I’m already wired, going for a jog when it’s 40 degrees. Stuff like that. I’d probably get really melancholy and listen to Low... Which is nice at the time but always makes you feel scuzzy in the morning.
None. Headphones are bad for your ears.
When Les Mouches went on tour, there was an AM radio station you could tune to where all you could hear was an amplified version of the engine. We used to listen to it for hours.
The slower the music, the faster it seems the car is going.
I don’t listen to music in the morning. My house is cold, and filled with animals. In the morning, I listen to my roommate’s cats fighting over who gets to share the bed with me.
A Canadian band. They’re gardening music. It sounds like peasants doing drugs.
There is only one good Beatles song, I’m afraid... And it is: ...
None, I never drink!
None, I never drink!
I still stand by that record.
When I was 9. I’m serious, that’s not a brag.
Toronto's theme song is officially something by the Barenaked Ladies. In my mind, it is «Steeples And Peoples».