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Name: Christina Vantzou
Nationality: American
Occupation: video artist / animator / composer
Bands/Projects: The Dead Texan /videos for Dustin O'Halloran and Sparklehorse /solo work
Labels: Kranky
Musical Recommendations: Johann Johannsson /Seabat


When did you start writing/producing music - and what or who were your early passions and influences? 

I started writing music in 2007. I was passionate about music early on. Tina Turner and The Talking Heads made a very big impression on me when I was little.  

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic work and/or career?

A light bulb went off in my head when I met Mark Linkous. His graciousness on a tour in 2007 taught me volumes.

What are currently your main compositional- and production-challenges?

Figuring out how to perform works that are composed, edited and mixed on a computer.

What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?

A midi keyboard and a midi sample library with orchestra and synth sounds.

How strictly do you separate improvising and composing?

Very. I’m not a fan of the word improvising. The word now has a connotation to it because we’ve learned what 'improv' sounds like.

Composing doesn’t have that limitation.

How do you see the relationship between sound, space and composition?

I like to think of them as closely related.  Concerts are a kind of sound installation. The space and more so the audience create an energy together with the sound. I find that the combination of energy that exists in a performance space is very unique. 

Do you feel it important that an audience is able to deduct the processes and ideas behind a work purely on the basis of the music? If so, how do you make them transparent?

No. I don’t feel that’s important at all. That’s what’s nice about music. You can like it and you don’t need to know why. 



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