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Dragomir Draganov Interview

January 30, 2004

Hello, Mr Draganov , thanks for answering some questions. You won the First Prize of the 2th Tune Friendly Contest with your piece "Missing Sun" and we wish first to know who you are.

Myriad: On what kind of hardware are you working ?
DragD: IBM ThinkPad, Pentium III, 693 MHz, 256 MB of RAM

Myriad: What has been your music itinerary ?
DragD: I am interested in music since the age of 6. I took piano lessons for 9 years. I've been composing and studying misuc by myself since then. I had some public performances as teenager. Later the music got less priority for me.

Myriad: Do you play an instrument (or several) ?
DragD: I have played piano some years ago. I haven't touched piano keyboard in four years. I am using the computer instead to satisfy my hunger for creativity. Anyway, I still miss playing the real piano.

Myriad: What are your tastes in matter of music ? You can quote artists or music genres if you want.
DragD: I don't have 'the most favorite...' There are many musicians, composers, singers and bands, which I prefer. I would mention a few (the order doesn't matter): Sting, Genesis, Mariah Carey, Whitney Huston, Vangelis, Michael Jackson, Robby Williams, Alanis Morisette, FSB (an old Bulgarian band). There are hundreds more, which I like for one of two of their songs.

Myriad: More precisely, what are you currently listening to ?
DragD: In this exact moment: Kitaro - "Lady Of Dreams"

Myriad: And what kind of music don't you listen to anymore ?
DragD: I don't  listen to J.M. Jarre anymore. I have never liked to listen to Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Chris de Burg, Red Hot Chili Peppers and some more.

Myriad: If you had to chose a piece to be put into a capsule to be sent to the inhabitants of Alpha Centauri, what would be your choice ?
DragD: I would sent Mariah Carey - "Hero"

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 ?
DragD: If I would be limited only to two albums, I would take none.

Myriad: About the piece which won the contest, what has been the source of your inspiration ?
DragD: Love. When I wrote "Missing Sun", I have been for many months far away from the person I call 'My Sun'.

Myriad : What have been the progress of your composition (technical details will be of interest for the readers) ?
DragD: Unfortunately, not much. The music is pleasure for me but I didn't have much time for pleasures  in the last two years.

Myriad: Do you have an anecdote to recount ? Not necessarily related to your piece, but related to music in general.
DragD: Concert. Tuxedos and evening dresses. The orchestra is playing Beethoven. A man in the audience turns to his neighbor by chair:
"This peace of music is too long. Don't you think so?"
"I think you are too short for it", the response came.

Myriad : What are your goals or your project in relation with music ?
DragD: I don't have serious music goals or projects even I wish to. Apparently, I'll be musician in my next life.

Myriad : Do you have a personal Web site ?
DragD: Yes but it is not music related:

Myriad : Do you want to pass an advice or a message to the readers of this interview ?
DragD: Yes, four pieces:
- No one is allowed to judge a music piece, to insist that he (she) is right
and to pretend that only his (her) musical opinion is valid.
- There are no great musicians - there is a music you like or not.
- I would be happy if there was no need to spoil the music with video.
- Take music lessons if you want to be good in mathematics and vice versa.

Myriad : Thank you for having answered these questions.

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