Peter Thomas: “I Can Really Do Something With This”

Peter Thomas: “I Can Really Do Something With This”

This is an interview with Peter Thomas, recorded by phone on 26 November 2018.

This program is sponsored by J Jean Portraits, & Peggy’s Vegan Hot Sauce. For more information about our sponsors, follow the link. We are also now a part of the They Might Be Giants Dial-a-Song Network!  This week’s TMBG DAS is, “Courage The Cowardly Dog.”


Topics Include:

The House of RecordsSwitched-On Eugene” release event, the power of self-released cassettes, started studying and playing classical guitar at 13, Andrés Segovia, discovering the potential of guitar, discovering guitar tones, libraries and late night radio on WRPI, wanting to escape the East Coast, arrives in Eugene in late ’70’s, The Eugene Guitar Association In 1982, Editing the EGA Newsletter, meeting Brian Magill and the Eugene Electronic Music Collective, the New Dreamers on KLCC, Peter Nothnagle‘s electronic music class at LCC, the niche world of electronic music in the early ’80’s, Tangerine Dream, The Hours Away cassette, mail order tapes and ‘zines as the Internet of the era, the flexibility of electronic music and being able to make the whole song yourself, Northwest Passages comp, the change in the scene after midi and the shift from composers to pop performers, Mythic Sky, teaching classical guitar and playing around regularly, pooling gear, thoughts on the compilation, Carl Juarez’s version of what happened and the revisionist historical document, recording “Shimmer,” more on composers and the diversity of artists in the EEMC, Yes, the staleness of modern music, The Complete Guide To Sythesizers, Steve Rappaport and “The Martian Hop.”

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