Tera de Marez Oyens interviewed - an extract:
BD: Is it fun to work with electronics?
TdeMO: It used to be enormous fun. I worked in the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht. I don’t know if you have heard of all the great work there. This was a big, old-fashioned studio with walls full of apparatus, where you had to plug in and you had to turn knobs, and it was really a sport to work there! You could discover things. I must say, now that we all have computers and you need a technician to sit there and work on your piece, you tell him what you want and the fun is a little bit lost on me. I liked the old-fashioned way better.
BD: Should we take some of your older electronic music and make sure it’s played on “original (electronic) instruments”?
TdeMO: Well, the fun is that you don’t have to have these instruments. It’s on tape, so you don’t have to create it again. It’s finished.
BD: Do you view the electronic sounds that can be created as more colors on your palette?
TdeMO: Yes, and magnificent colors, too. With electronic sounds, you really can get anything you want. I started all that because I hated electronic music! I had heard it and found it so cold and inhuman, and it didn’t mean a thing to me. Then I got a musical prize and I had to do something cultural with it. So I thought, “Why not find out what I hate about this electronic music?” So I went to a course of Gottfried Michael Koenig, and I was not longer than two weeks in this course and I was totally turned around. I loved it and I saw the possibilities. It’s really very fascinating to work with it.