Caroline Kraabel is an improvising saxophonist who has been working with
extended techniques (employing simultaneous voice and sax for example)
to produce a new language for the instrument. She is also the founder of
the utterly amazing Mass Producers a 20 piece all woman
saxophone/voice orchestra, who have recorded a CD and an analogue LP,
and a new one is promised featuring the voice of Robert Wyatt.
She works in several duos and groups with msuicians like John Edwards,
Veryan Weston, Maggie Nichols and Charlotte Hug.
Her work often carries a strong philosophical purpose or intent, and
reflects her long standing interests in electricity, amplification, the
experience of "live" music and gender issues in music.
She was the editor of the magazine Resonance 10.2 devoted to the
interface of music, place and technology.
She is responsible for the long running Resonance FM show "Taking a Life
for Walk" which in many ways encapsulated the pioneering and spirit of
Her own website is here.
Who are you?
Where are you based?
What instruments do you play?
What is your current or most recent project?
Getting my children settled at school
Name a record that had a big effect on you in your youth-
What was the last record/CD you played-
a private cd of microphone experiments I had been trying out.
List three records or CDs by artists other than yourself we should
I'm sure there are others but I can't think of any just now.
Describe a live performance that had a big effect on you-
verbal description of live performances seem futile to me.
Your favourite live venue-
What's the strangest place you've performed in/at?
streets? Anechoic chamber? Tunnels? A person's head and face? A car?
Tell me about a great experience as a performer-
see above re: descriptions
Is improvisation important to you?
Name three heros or heroines-
Maggie Nicols, John Edwards, Walter Benjamin.
What is your favourite city?
A couple of favourite books-
La Chartreuse de Parme
A la recherche du temps perdu
wide sargasso sea
A couple of favourite films-
la regle du jeu
What makes you laugh?
Is there a pop song you feel sentimental about, and can you name it?
lots of pop songs make me feel sentimental, and sentimentality seems to
me to go along with the dislocation created by the commodification and reproduction of music - a matching distortion of emotions in time, intensity and object.
My favourite pop song is "Shipbuilding", as sung by Robert Wyatt.
I don't think it makes me sentimental.
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