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Updated Jan 21, 2016 | By Bob Fugett

    Frank Kwestons Interviews Bob

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Bob, I know you don't often give interviews. Why is that?

Well, I think it's because I'm somewhat agoraphobic. People make me nervous, and I don't like being around them. Also my music is really meant to stand on its own. People who "get it" tend to understand immediately on hearing it. Those who don't get it are never going to be persuaded by words. The Elvis Costello quote which introduces the CD liner notes speaks very well to that.

 

But a lot of people would like to know more about the history of, the process behind, and the tools used making Factory Preset.

Which is why I agreed to talk to you. Also you have a reputation for asking tough probing questions while giving a comprehensive publication of the answers.

 

You wrote a nice little story about the beginnings of Factory Preset for the CD liner notes, could you expand on it?

Yes. I am working on providing an annotated version of the CD liner notes for the web site. In the meantime you might like to view a pdf index of some images sent on CD to a long time fan of my music. There's a great story behind that I will also expand on later. Additionally I have provided a reprint of the original brochure that went with the Factory Preset cassettes.

 

I notice you mention a new CD is in the works. How is that coming along.

I can't really talk at length about that right now. The mix for the first piece sounded horrible on every system other than the one I produced it on, so I've gone back to square one and am going through the process of re-establishing an appropriate environment to check how the music will sound in other places. I have already achieved results close to what I used for Factory Preset, but it is a large task taking all my time. I posted a photo of my next generation studio in progress.

 

Looks like very expensive and complex equipment.

It is, but fans of my music are worth it.

 

You taught music for many years before and after the release of Factory Preset. Your book about musical process has been seen as far away as Japan and been called "...the little music classic with a cult following." Is it still available?

It is titled "Impulse and Strength: playing musical instruments toward perfection." The implication there is that "perfection" is never reached but nevertheless must be strived for. One of my projects is to bring the book online.

 

What is your book about?

Actually it is hard to explain quickly in a few words. Otherwise I would not have had to write it.

It is about the practical internal process regarding music performance. The cover states, "Between the mind and hand is a place difficult to grasp. This book is about that place."

 

How was the book received?

Well, the intended target audience was first or second year college level performance majors looking for answers to solving enduring problems in their performance while developing a "next step" game plan. The reality was that a wider range of people had an interest in it.

The book contains concise easy to read overviews of music basics which is of interest to people just beginning to play. Also it interests those who merely have a desire for more understanding about the music they listen to. The latter may have no performance goals and no technical knowledge about music.

Touring musicians have reported finding it very useful. I used it in lessons and found it most effective with accomplished musicians. There are aspects of it that are simple for performing musicians to understand. A typical response would be, "Well, of course...that is obvious...though I never thought of it like that before."

One person, a lawyer not a musician, read it and just kept giggling as they thanked me for it. They said it was humor, philosophy, music and a general purpose "how-to" all rolled into one. Personally I think it is a very funny book, but often people only see it as serious.

One of my twelve year old students once commented about my discussion of one of the aspects saying, "Oh...I get it. It's like one thing all in a row!" That is probably the most astute observation about the "Impulse" side of the equation I've heard.

You should read it a couple times and probably not really understand parts of it until after many years of playing an instrument. Then you'll say, "Well, of course. It's obvious."

 

I'll do that. Can I ask you questions if I get lost.

Absolutely you may ask more questions. Just use the online query form, in case I have to change my e-mail address again.

 

I will also have a few more questions for this interview after I consolidate my notes.

I'm sure you will. It feels like you are just getting started.

 

That is true.

 

 

 


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