Composer Eric Whitacre – famous for writing crunchy harmonies and having the best hair in classical music – took to social network Reddit for an ‘Ask Me Anything’ web chat this week. And he pretty much owned it.
What we learned:
We are not alone in admiring Eric’s 'do.
Perhaps it even inspired his music…?
JUST LOOK AT IT:
He’s starting a techno-pop band
He gives the best advice
Your composition teachers were wrong
Take that JS Bach!
He’s not afraid to admit he learned how to conduct as he went along
And maybe copied a smidge too.
Think this one might be all his own, though…
He loves Altos
Synaesthesia has played a role in his music
His senses of sight and taste trigger sounds
He’s a modest sort really
We think you can give Bernstein a run for his money, Eric!
For reference– Bernstein:
There was some really helpful practical performance advice
And then there was this:
His guilty musical pleasure?
When he said ‘Ask Me Anything’ he really meant it.
He has a theory about the future of classical music
And it’s pretty convincing
How he found his own style
And became 'the cluster chord guy'…
Eric loves a deadline
…and a spot of procrastination
And he wasn't afraid to take on the big subjects
Like music education:
His fans *really* love him
Like this guy, who's having a bit of a freak-out.
And he loves them back
Which is nice
Eric Whitacre's AMA in a nutshell: cluster chords, Britney Spears and hair-spray.