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Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 28 September 2005

We've got a bunch of new Roger Waters interviews for you today, all relating to his newly released opera, Ca Ira, two of which you can download to listen to at your leisure.

The first of these was broadcast on US public broadcasting station WNYC yesterday. Their daily show Soundcheck show looks at all aspects of music, and for this show, Roger came into their studios for a fascinating chat about the genesis of the project, the use of sound affects and the influence of his past work, and the forthcoming Rome concerts.

It can be downloaded directly from their site. The interview lasts some 27 minutes, and is well worth a listen.

The second of the downloadable interviews can be found at iTunes.com. They are hosting a four part, 20 minute interview with Roger, looking at all aspects of Ca Ira, and also touches on the Live 8 reunion with Pink Floyd. To get the interview, download iTunes, go to the Music Store, then Podcasts, and search for Q104.3. You'll then see a whole page of interviews (including a couple with Nick Mason that are still available for download). Our thanks to Phil Robinson for letting us know about this!

Turning to interviews to read, the first of these was in today's UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph. It has Roger in bullish mood, stating that "Rock stars can do opera. Music is music". He notes that he has been preoccupied with the same themes throughout his career. "I think I am still preoccupied by the same things that I was 30 years ago," he sighs. "Losing my father, and that attachment that I have to his humanity, is still central to everything that I do. Ça Ira and The Wall are about communication and realising the human potential for empathy, which is what sets us apart from the animals."

He talks of the genesis of the project, and also the troubled times when he parted company with the rest of Pink Floyd, to rejoin them live some 24 years later at this year's Live 8 concert. "I was surprised people didn't take more notice of what I did after I left. If my last album had had Pink Floyd written on it, there's no question in my mind it would be one of the biggest selling records of all time. But I'm the first to admit the combination of the four of us working together as Pink Floyd was greater than the sum of the parts."

The final interview we're bringing you news of today, was in today's issue of German newspaper Sächsische Zeitung, which, whilst covering the same ground, does have a small comment from Roger about his recent dinner with Nick Mason in London, where David Gilmour happened to turn up at the same restaurant. He notes that he would gladly repeat a reunion performance, and that "hey, we weren't such a bad band, after all!" He concludes by talking of his nerves, looking forward to the Ca Ira performance in Rome where he will be conducting The Overture.

 
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