Bob Ostertag is a San Francisco based composer and musician. One of a growing number of experimental artists to upload his entire catalog of recorded work for free download on the internet, he's written an extensive article on the subject, titled "The Professional Suicide of a Recording Musician." Check it out HERE.
He's a Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at the University of California at Davis, and is well known for his work with artists such as the Kronos Quartet, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Anthony Braxton, Lynn Breedlove and Justin Bond, to name just a few. He's also an instrument builder, journalist and activist. Find out more at his website.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Bob Ostertag...
*Name: Bob Ostertag
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I try not to classify myself.
*Another genre descriptor: There is a record store in SF called Amoeba Music. They have a bin called "Extremely Unusual" and they put my CD's there. I guess I am ok with that.
*Location: San Francisco
*Original Location: Albuquerque
*What is your creative/artistic background: 50 years of life.
*History: 36 years.
*Born: 1957, in Albuquerque, NM
*Motivations: I am always happier when I am making things. And happier still if my activities are collaborative and also take into account the world around me and the needs of others.
*Philosophy: I don't really know much about philosophy. I wrote a book on these questions which should be out this year. It is called "Creative Life: Music, Politics, People and Machines."
*How would you like to be remembered: At least he tried.
*Web address: bobostertag.com