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“There is a strong visual component in radio”. Glenn Gould in conversation with John Thompson [*]

Glenn Gould (1932-1982) Born in Toronto, Glenn Gould has been hailed internationally as one of the great musicians of the 20th century, and as a visionary thinker and multi-media artist who foresaw the profound impact of technology on culture and society. Initially acclaimed as a pianist of prodigious talent, Gould had a remarkable career that included recording, television, film, writing and producing radio documentaries, and composing and writing scholarly and critical work. He influenced a new generation of performers and listeners through his interpretations of the music of a variety of composers, in particular, Bach. Gould’s passion for media and communication technology began with his long association with the CBC. While in dialog with Marshall McLuhan, Gould broke new artistic ground with his radio documentaries and his television essays and performances. His writings—like the seminal essay “The Prospects of Recording”—reveal a profoundly individualistic musical insight and continue to stimulate interest among scholars.

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