I had a lovely time yesterday with Steve, sitting in the very blue courtyard of the SF Art Institute under an equally blue sky. We were listening to his audio piece “The Very Rich Hours” which includes ten people each describing a spot in New Mexico that is important to the speaker.
I wanted to know how the composer got such meditative and poetic monologues from them. Steve said it was because he left them alone. He’d hook them up with earphones to record, and so in essence they were talking to themselves–or the wind.
He also said that during this residency he’d been playing the objects found in his studio–light bulbs, staples, styrofoam.
Inspiring to re-connect with the now Seattle based composer who lived for many years in New Mexico. Sometimes people see the world differently than I do–Steve Peters hears it differently.
And you can read about his time at SFAI here