Jun 24, 2018
Stephen Ruppenthal has a sneakily amazing history. Having worked with Allen Strange, watched Don Buchla develop his early machines, and working with electro-acoustic wizard across the world, Stephen has been involved with many of the greats of modern electronics, including being a member of the Electric Weasel Ensemble with Strange, Buchla and others.
But Ruppenthal is more than a synth-jockey; he is also an accomplished brass player, and his new album (Flamethrower, available on Ravello Records) features his electronic, studio and amazing horn playing in equal parts. Featuring work by Strange, Elainie Lillios, Brian Belet and others, this release is the kind of Electro-acoustic work that will draw in the most sophisticated of sound designers, too.
Stephen and I had a great discussion, ranging from his interests in Sound Poetry, to his work with the early greats of electronic music, to his scoring techniques and recent work with Lillios, Belet and others. I learned a lot from my discussion with Stephen, and I hope you enjoy it as well.
You can also check out more of his work on his Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/srupp-1