Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry: composing with heartbeats

4 September 2012, 18:13 | Updated: 4 September 2012, 18:19

The Arcade Fire's multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry told Classic FM about the perils of Twitter, his compositions for The Kronos Quartet and how to perform with a stethoscope.

Richard Reed Parry, multi-instrumentalist with Canadian indie-rock stalwarts The Arcade Fire, has crafted a number of pieces for The Kronos Quartet that use the performers' heartbeats as compositional tools.

He spoke to Classic FM's Lucy Coward about composing a piece that can never sound the same twice, how nervous he is about hearing his own work performed and about his complete rejection of Twitter.

Though he's more accustomed to touring the world with the multi-award winning Arcade Fire, Parry admits to a certain fear of letting his compositions loose on the public: "I'm in this famous band, so people are going to pay attention or put it on their blog… That makes me nervous to take risks."

Listen to our interview with Richard Reed Parry below.