He met gamelan composer Lou Harrison in 1975 at the Center for World Music in Berkeley. Together they organized a concert of original compositions for gamelan. Schmidt participated in frequent discussions with Harrison and others that helped inspire his work in both construction of gamelan instruments and composing for them. Schmidt has built many aluminum and brass gamelan sets including the Berkeley Gamelan, the Sonoma State Gamelan, and Mills College Gamelan. In addition to gamelan instruments, Schmidt has collaborated with Paul Dresher in inventing and building the instruments for several traveling performances.
In addition to his instrument building work, Schmidt is a gamelan composer. He says of these two parallel activities, "Instrument building and composing are hand-in-glove activities. I build instruments to meet the demands of the music I write. I operate with a vision which includes both.
I dream of a timbre and at the same time I am imagining its musical setting. These two sides of my life are melded together in infinite ways." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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