Spin.com featured an interview with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner about his foray into classical composition. Loomstate clothing company commissioned the rocker to write a piece celebrating the 41st anniversary of Earth Day for a performance on May 11. Along with collaborators Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Ben Vida of Soft Circle, Zinner composed 41 Strings for a group of guitarists, violinists, and bassists. Like Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the work features movements entitled “Winter”, “Summer”, “Fall”, and “Spring”.
Although Zinner played violin as a child, he does not know how to read music. He spent five weeks writing the piece with Logic Studio (a set of audio applications for recording, mixing, and editing). Gillian Rivers, who has worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on other projects, helped chart and arrange all of the instruments. Zinner cites his influences as neoclassical minimalistic composers including Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
The piece is pretty, although not particularly innovative. You can watch a behind the scenes video of the making of 41 Strings below. For more information and a list of composers and performers, check out www.thecreatorsproject.com.
- Inside Nick Zinner’s Epic ’41 Strings’ Symphony (spin.com)
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs + Nine Inch Nails = Led Zeppelin (radio923fm.radio.com)