A weekly post featuring talks by innovative thinkers, sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). This is what the internet was made for – to allow challenging ideas to escape from their academic ghettoes and hang out in a place where they can talk to each other.
Composer and polymath, Mark Applebaum, begins with a tune by Beethoven and extrapolates from that into his roles as interpreter, improviser, inventor, composer, visual artist, scavenger, designer, performance artist, dramaturge, and choreographer. All this because he’s bored and is trying to answer the question, But is it music? Along the way he introduces some extremely odd and entertaining instruments, notation, and ways of expressing music. Liberating stuff.
If you liked Mark Applebaum, you’ll also enjoy this video in which a young Frank Zappa plays the bicycle on the Steve Allen Show.