Ben Goldberg Interviewed About His Plague Diary

Source: Westword.

Using clarinets, a synthesizer and a few guitar effects pedals, Goldberg has recorded 150 songs over the past six months, dedicating some to musicians he’s worked with over the years, such as Joshua Redman, John Zorn and Myra Melford, as well as Nels Cline and Denver trumpeter Ron Miles, both of whom appear on Goldberg’s 2019 album Good Day for Cloud Fishing and 2015’s Orphic Machine.

Goldberg says that writing songs for Plague Diary has been the equivalent of noodling in a laboratory or drawing in a sketch pad: He’s able to break songwriting habits and try new approaches to the creative process.