Robert Dunn Interview
Aug 18, 2010
1. What instrument(s) do you play?
Primarily electric guitar. I've played electric bass and the bass Viole in jam sessions and orchestras
respectively. I've also played the clarinet.
2. What is your primary musical influence?
My dark side. Giving voice to all those feelings I've hidden from myself as well as a musical platform for various parts of my personality. Basically unleashing upon the world through my guitar all those thoughts/feelings/experiences that are 'ME' and that I'd probably get arrested for if I ever expressed them non artistically.
I've been aided (and abetted) by a long line of folk: Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Marilyn Manson, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Rollins, Eric Clapton, BB King, etc. And most of all: Charlie Parker.
3. Are you a professional musician currently?
Sometimes I'm paid but basically no I'm not.
4. If not, why?
'Professional' hypothetically means you'll play anything for money - and align yourself to the corporate music belief that the bigger the revenue the better the music. I create using an unrepresented musical form and occasionally get paid for doing so. 'Professional' meaning musicians with the capability of 'duplicating' the music of others for commercial purposes or studio players with their mastery of many of other guitar 'styles' (imitations of the originals) where they're not really expressing anything personal but are participating in the process of making a product 'desirable' and therefore 'marketable'. I believe to totally achieve the necessary levels of personal expression in any art form requires an absolute commitment to that art form unadulterated from the prostituting of your abilities on non creative artistic/musical pursuits.
5. Do you compose your own music?
Yes, I have around 90 performances of mine around the internet here or there.
6. Do you write lyrics?
Yes and have some of them in text form for some of my https://members.soundclick.com/guitar102 songs. (Has my various bands, units, sessions listed on the left side of the page). Actually I have the lyrics listed for 6 of my 'contributions'.
7. Do you have any goals, musically?
To continue to grow and hopefully get a little recognition and community support to the degree that I don't have to work a 'day job' (mine was computer consultant for decades) in order to survive and create. Also to 'HANG OUT' and continue checking out the original bands in my area.
8. What do you see in the future of music?
Endless attempts to break free from the corporate side of music production using 'independent' studios, distributors etc. and hopefully not succumbing (as most do) to the siren songs of fame money minus your pure artistic vision. IOW - not selling out.
9. What is the future of your music?
The urge embedded by others to improvise meaning to create spontaneously avoiding repetition, falling into 'finger patterns', and/or predictability by pursuing newer sounds with new concepts and seeking to play combination of notes that I haven't played before and endlessly 'stretching' my ear into absorbing sounds I've never heard before. (which incidentally is the only sorts of music I enjoy listening to). Using various techniques of spontaneous creating over many advanced musical forms (modal, song form, atonal, abstract, experimental, chance, etc.). Improvising, as John Cage would say, by eliminating (as far as possible) 'intent'. Because if you only do what you intend to do you're not improvising right? The term 'finger patterns' I got from Larry Coryell is at the essence of it: teaching your fingers to not go to places they've already been lately. Needless to say, this takes eternal study listening and practicing (and performing an opportunity presents itself).
10. Do you have a message to convey in your music?
Yes. It's OK to have a dark side and that the re