Interview with David Thomas, August 12, 1997

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

This interview with Pere Ubu musician David Thomas begins with a discussion of Thomas' views on recording in the magnetic age. It then moves on to a discussion regarding Thomas' process of studio recording. He then talks about recording with Ken and Paul Hamann at Suma Recording. He also talks about what he terms 'the dark age of sound,' which is resulting in the increasing homogeneity of music. Thomas also includes a discussion on the reasons why a musician would choose a high-end recording studio.

The two then discuss women in rock music and his experiences recording at Cleveland Recording Studios. The two discuss analog and digital recording and the roles of the audio engineer and music producer. Thomas talks about his view of recording as recreating space and the two discuss Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Thomas then talks about his work writing about rock and roll and American culture. Finally, the two discuss various topics such as violence, cultural geography, the Internet, and smoking.

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2016oh188_chase020

Interviewee Name

David Thomas

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1997-08-12

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Thomas, David Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 12 Aug. 1997. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Thomas, D. (1997, August 12). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Thomas, David, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. August 12, 1997, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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