Lutz Stahlhofen Interview
June 11, 2005
Myriad : Hello, Mr Stahlhofen, thanks for answering some
won the Mandatory Topic of the Tune Friendly Contest
with your music "2
million lightyears from home" and we wish first to know who
Could you please introduce yourself ?
I am from Mainz, Germany. My age is 43, I have a
wife and two daughters.
Myriad: On what kind of hardware are you working ?
A PC with an AMD Athlon 2600+ processor, 80GB harddrive
and 512 MB ram
Myriad: What has been your music itinerary ?
At the age of 12 I found out there once was a band called
Later I started listening to my brothers favourites. A lot of jazz
and a whole lot of Frank Zappa. Then I almost stumbled over a song
called "In the court of the crimson king" by King Crimson. And
thats the music i still like most.
Myriad: Do you play an instrument (or several) ?
Since the age of 14 I play the guitar. But I can get a
sound out of
Myriad: What are your tastes in matter of music ? You can
or music genres if you want.
English rock music of the early 70s. King Crimson,
Myriad: More precisely, what are you currently listening to
The CD "Untune the sky" by Trey Gunn. The Warr
touchguitar player of King
Myriad: And what kind of music don't you listen to anymore
The everyday easy listening stuff that hits the
charts. Its enough for me to hear it in the supermarket.
Myriad: Except "2 million lightyears from home", if you had
to chose a
piece to be put into a capsule to be sent to the inhabitants
Andromeda, what would be your second choice ?
"Starless" from the King Crimson record "Red"
Myriad: If you had to be out of the world during a whole
year, what are
the two albums you would take away with you ?
"Absent lovers" by King Crimson and "Physical
graffity" by Led Zeppelin
Myriad: About the piece which won the contest, what has been
of your inspiration ?
I wanted to show the lonelíness of the
astronauts but also their amazement
of traveling so far away from earth.
Myriad : What have been the progress of your composition
details will be of interest for the readers) ?
I had this first part and I couldnt go on for some
time. But I have an
extra folder where I store a lot of little ideas. Sometimes only
four meassures long. There I found the missing middle part. Then a
search in the internet for the countdown. Thats it.
Myriad: Do you have an anecdote to recount ? Not necessarily
your piece, but related to music in general.
After a gig we once played in a little club in my hometown
a man came to the stage and introduced himself as Steven Stills
from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. And after looking at my Gibson
SG Junior from 1964 he said that it once was his and that he sold
it long ago to a music store where I bought it in 1981.
Myriad : What are your goals or your project in relation with
Music is my favourite past-time (beside my family). I
want to write music that I like and if other people like it too,
whatelse do I need to be happy.
Myriad : Do you have a personal Web site ?
Not yet. Maybe later. Its a lot of work.
Myriad : Do you want to pass an advice or a message to the
this interview ?
Write your own music, use your own imagination. Have
fun. And if everybody everywhere would sing, the world would be a
more peaceful place.
Myriad : What other questions would you have wanted to be
asked ? What
would have been your answers then ?
I dont miss a question but if somebody wants to know
something special, please send me an e-mail
Myriad : Thank you for having answered these