Interview with Brian Harnetty 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Over the past 20 years, Brian Harnetty has worked extensively with sound archives to produce a wide range of interdisciplinary creative projects. Ranging from the Little Cities Archives (Shawnee, Ohio), to the Creative Audio Archives (Chicago), to the Berea Sound Archives (Kentucky), his projects create “archival performances” that invite audiences to listen closely to the subtler frequencies of creative musicians, places, and communities. His latest album, Words and Silences: From the Hermitage Tapes of Thomas Merton (2022, Winesap Records), strikes a contemplative note by remixing recordings the Cistercian monk made in solitude in Louisville, Kentucky, with newly composed music. We caught up with Harnetty to talk about his creative practice, this latest project, and his upcoming concerts.