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Kurt Cobain: New Music 20 Years After His Death

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  Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the band Nirvana, died 20 years ago at the age of 27. In his short life, the rock icon composed music that many said gave voice to their generation.

Now a new composition by two professional musicians reconfigures Cobain’s gritty voice and sounds into a electroacoustic work. Perfume will be performed this evening at Duke’s Music department.

Paul Leary, professor of music at Duke University, constructed the electronic portion of the work using only the sounds of Cobain and Nirvana. Thomas Rosenkrantz, professor at Bowling Green State University, accompanies the electronic portion on piano.

Cobain gave an interview six months before his death that formed the basis of the piece.  In it, he talked about the influence of  Patrick Süskind's book,  Perfume: The Story of A Murderer, on his life.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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