Jul 23, 2017
One of my weekly pleasures (introduced to me by Gregory Taylor) is the Vital Weekly newsletter. This is a weekly compendium of recent music releases (generally in the experimental/artsy area) with quick reviews, and it has a companion podcast that provides an ear on many of the works that it reviews. In a recent edition, they included a review of this week's guest - Phil Maguire - along with an excerpt from his 'Solo Computer Music' Verzimprint release, and I was quite taken.
So, as I often do, I started diving deeper. I ran across his site, and got to hear a variety of his work. I also enjoyed an ATTN magazine session that included an interview with Phil drew me into his work in a very personal way. Of course, this led me to reach out, and the next thing you know - we've got a chat going!
Phil is a super personable, interesting guy, and one that is willing to go from performance programming, to broken hardware, to detailed editing - and doesn't get bogged down with any orthodoxy on his way to expressing his voice. His description of his process points to his work finding the right way to produce his work.
All-in-all, a great interview (marred by some recording difficulties on my end...) by a great artist, and an inspiration for anyone trying to find their voice among the millions of ways to do the work. Enjoy!