Music Documentaries Discover stories of musicians and the creative process.

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Discover stories of musicians and the creative process

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Portrait Of A Punk Who Never Grew Up

In a short documentary, Beach Slang frontman James Alex shares his hopes for fatherhood and what punk has done for him: "With Beach Slang, I'm feeding back into this thing that was so good to me."

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Pharrell Williams, In Conversation

Watch the producer extraordinaire sit down for a rare, in-depth interview with Jason King, host of NPR Music's R&B channel "I"ll Take You There."

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Meredith Monk On Q2's 'Spaces'


The composer and singer describes her own sound as "folk music from another planet." Q2 visits the Tribeca loft that's been home to Monk's white-hot creative energies for more than 40 years.

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Shara Worden On Q2's 'Spaces'


My Brightest Diamond's busy and enigmatic singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a dizzying blur of creativity. Watch Q2 visit with Shara Worden in her Detroit home.

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Mark Stewart On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'


Conch shells, a 19th-century relative of the tuba, and wooden nose flutes are just a few of the odd instruments you'll find in the apartment of Paul Simon's music director.

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In The Studio With The Gear Geek Who Wrote 'More Than A Feeling'

The mastermind behind the band Boston isn't just a songwriter — he's also an engineer. Scholz opens his studio to demonstrate how his self-made gear helped create the group's unique sound.

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This Guy Could Be Mexico's Johnny Cash

After a childhood in Mexicali listening to the Man in Black, Juan Cirerol became a rock 'n' roll nomad. He recently invited Alt.Latino and Fusion to his house to play his music and introduce himself.

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Meet Ali Gua Gua: Cumbia's Punk Rock Star

Mexico's Ali Gua Gua brilliantly fuses traditional cumbia with punk and hip-hop. She invited Alt.Latino and Fusion to her house for an intimate performance alongside Argentine rapper Miss Bolivia.

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Beers And Lovesick Doo-Wop: At Home With Los Romanticos

For the first installment in the Mi Casa Es Tu Casa series with Fusion, a Mexican band invites Alt.Latino into its house for lively conversation and great music.

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Timo Andres On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'


The composer's music strives to reconcile a fascination with the past with a stylish, pointillist craftsmanship. He says he takes the same care in surrounding himself with objects he loves.

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Angélica Negrón On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'


The Puerto Rican-born composer draws from ambient music, found sound and visual art, as well as the classical-music tradition. Watch her perform in Q2 Music's video series Spaces.

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Jherek Bischoff: The Composer Who Lived On The Ocean


The young composer has worked with David Byrne, Caetano Veloso and Amanda Palmer. Take a video tour of his old bedroom — and the place where he makes his blend of rock, pop and classical music.

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1-Bit Composer Tristan Perich's Practice Space


The composer makes big music with tiny electronics. A visit with the multimedia artist reveals hundreds of bins — from a carton marked "squeezing tools" (scissors, pliers) to one simply labeled "art."

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Morton Subotnick's Practice Space


The pioneering electronic composer responsible for Silver Apples of the Moon turned 80 years old this week. Q2 Music visited with Subotnick and his wife in the couple's Greenwich Village apartment.