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Panda Bear: “It's easier if everything is binary...but the truth is not”

Watch an interview with the Animal Collective co-founder and relive his set in the Opera House Studio. 

Sydney Opera House

When Panda Bear releases a new album he cracks open a new sonic world—the late afternoon summer collage of 2007’s Person Pitch, the surfer jams on Tomboy, to the liquid Buoys released this year. As co-founder and main writer of experimental trio Animal Collective, he created the voice and the sonic palette of their seminal albums, including Merriweather Post Pavilion. As a soloist, Noah Lennox has been releasing his own experiments since 1999, with each album its own exploration of the limits of sound with a refreshing curiosity.

Ben Marshall, the Sydney Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music, talked to Lennox before the show about the opposing forces in his music: confusion against rhythm, seduction against challenge, and on DJing and performance.

Panda Bear Buoys is out now via EMI Music Australia.

▷ Watch Panda Bear's chat with Ben Marshall
▷ Watch Panda Bear live in the Studio

“I don't feel like my way is to be really explicitly preachy about it, I'd rather fool you into feeling something, or seduce you.”

“I like when there's some kind of confusion to it. I know it asks something of the listener a lot of the time, which can make it tough.”

“I know it's easier if everything is binary and it's all black and white, but I think the truth is not. I feel good if my work somehow reflects that.”

“[DJing] equates everybody, brings everybody to the same place...I don't really dig the pedestal of performance.”

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