Making Conversation, Episode 3: Chris Williams interviews Annie Hsieh

In this episode you’ll hear

Composer: Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Interviewed by: Chris Williams

This conversation was recorded on the 25th of November, 2016, in New York City, USA, “Centre of the Universe”. (Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan’s East Village)

Show Notes

This week we’re in New York City, in the heart of the East Village, just in front of the local dog park, engulfed by the noise of the city talking to Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh.

In the words of the composer:

“The trick is not to pronounce the first ‘H; so just say it as S I E H… I’m really used to people mispronouncing it… i love it when people try to say my whole name, it’s just too much H!… It’s a weird, bizarre Taiwanese spelling which I’ve never understood but it gives a very strong national identity to where this person came from… so whenever you see someone spells ‘Hs’ of something be 99% sure they’re from Taiwan.”

“Sometimes it takes another person to point these things out, I always knew there was a shimmery aspect in my music but I never really thought about why it’s there, and you can’t really get away with saying “because i like it”.”

Music in this Episode

Dwindling as the beginning of more vibrant things, by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh
Performed by The Mivos Quartet.

The music you heard in the opening and closing credits is:
I/O (2014), by Eli Simic-Prosic
For diskclavier, recorded by the composer.
Used with permission.

Production Credits

The Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast is brought to you by Making Waves.
This episode was recorded and produced by: Chris Williams
Audio consultant: Daniel Thorpe
Mixing and Mastering: Thomas Green
Executive Producers: Lisa Cheney & Peggy Polias Making Waves

With Thanks

The Making Conversation Podcast has been made possible with the generous support of:

Project Patron: Cameron Lam of Kammerklang

Production Donors: Kieren Paynter, Nigel Poole, PLEXUS, Callum Moncrieff, Constance Barberakis, David John Lang, Christopher Gordon, Anne Gill, Brian Howard, Caroline Thompson, Leah Barclay and Jocelyn Wolfe and all who contributed to the successful crowdfunding campaign

Making Conversation is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH.

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