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Intersection: Chris Belt


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Chris Belt. Photo: Matthew Peddie WMFE.

Orlando composer, conductor and performer Chris Belt is on the leading edge of contemporary classical music. Belt joined Intersection to perform a couple songs on his guitar and to talk about finding music in unlikely places, like the leaves of a plant.

“There is a long tradition in 20th century music of using house plants,” says Belt.

“John Cage wrote a piece for a cactus,” he says.

“You put a contact microphone on [the cactus] and you pluck the spines of the cactus and it makes a very percussive sound.”

Belt says the piece is very meditative and musically effective.

“Cage’s idea, I guess, was about liberating sound, and liberating our perceptions of what constitutes music, and what constitutes a musical instrument,” Belt says.

Belt also plays in the Accidental Music Festival, which is a “festival for contemporary classical avant-garde and experimental music” founded in 2011.

This interview first aired on Intersection in August 2017


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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