About the Curator:

 

Dwight Loop has been passionately involved with new music from two distinct perspectives - as a longtime radio host and producer of "Earwaves," an acclaimed new music radio program, and a three-decade long public and professional broadcasting career - to a composer of experimental and ambient electronic music for nearly three decades.

Loop says, "After many years of being a devout listener and historian of electronic music, I realized in the early 80s, that I had my own music within me that needed to be expressed. That realization began the journey that has led me to where I am now, dedicated to expressing my own voice in sound and vision. I am an electronic music chameleon of sorts. My ear is open to all forms of sound and, importantly, the silence in between.

"I loved the radio medium and was drawn immediately into it at the age of 16 at my hometown Adrian, Michigan, AM radio station (WABJ-AM/FM) and I continued working in both professional and public radio (eventually streaming) for the next 40 years. Public radio, in college at WEMU-FM (Eastern Michigan University) and later at KUNM-FM (Albuquerque, NM), became the outlet for "Earwaves" and my many other new music radio adventures. Through radio I was able to meet and interview many composers and performers of electronic and new music that I had been listening to for many years. Music is such a powerful reflection of our world and through radio, for me, was the avenue to bring it to as many people as possible and present radio programs in a way that was minus the hype - instead presenting glimpses into the subtleties and intricacies of the artists' intention and creative inspiration.

"I grew up listening to and being intrigued by the subtle, yet intricate nature of the early 70s electronic space music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Cluster, Tonto\'d5s Expanding Headband, Space Art, etc. and the progressive space-rock of groups like Amon Duul, Can, Magma, Embryo, PFM, Gong, Ashra Temple and Faust - as well as the experimentations of the early pioneers of electronic or "new music" - Karlheinz Stockhausen, Edgar Varese, Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry, Iannis Xenakis, John Cage...and many, many others."

"I was fortunate to hear many of these artists in Michigan by listening to public radio stations in Ann Arbor, Detroit and one particular Canadian commercial rock station, CJOM-FM. Other artists whom I became interested in over time and respect greatly are Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Steve Roach, Steve Reich, Elaine Radigue, Laurie Anderson, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and Art Ensemble of Chicago, who have all blazed new music trails in very different ways."

"From an early age, (late 50s, early 60s) I didn't study music, I listened...intensely. Peaked by stage and vocal experiences in high school, created a personal ease in front of audiences, it was radio that was my first love. Through a gift of a 1954 Zenith Transoceanic Shortwave/AM tube radio, I experienced first the magical world of "space music," the space between the signals, pulsing with odd jamming signals, in/out voices of distant cultures, and then, the transistor age...portable reel-to-reel tape recorders...and, I was hearing the world's music, thanks to local public radio, and mostly late at night!  Imagine what happened when I heard Karlheinz Stockhausen and the early tape composers utilizing! Yes, it was through radio that this new experience of experimental music hit full stride by my college years."

"New Mexico, certainly holds a special place for me. I began composing and performing my own electronic music in Albuquerque in the late 70s, formed synthesizer groups (Zeta Reticuli and Universe 1221), created with fellow e-music afficianados a four-year live performance ensemble of visual and dance performers (Circuits I-IV) in the 80s and early 90s. Also, I formed New Music New Mexico, a non-profit org in the 80s, receiving grants for Concentration, No Compromise Music Festivals, as well as National Public Radio grants on KUNM-FM featuring NM composers: Peter Garland, Joe Weber, Joan LaBarbara, Marcia Mikulak, Ron Alfred, Woody and Steina Visulka, and others."

"The New Mexio Jazz Workshop (under Tom Guralnick, Roy Durfee, Jim Regan, and others guidance) along with NMNM, and KUNM shows including Earwaves, created from the late 70s through the early 90s, a thriving, for the time-jazz and new music 'space for innovation' in Albuquerque, combined with the CCA in Santa Fe, with their Contemporary Music Series which ran concurrently during this time, was a real oasis in the desert for new and contemporary music! How lucky I have been, and it continues, today!" 


 

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