Piano legend Herbie Hancock has always been at the forefront of electronic experimentation in jazz, and his longstanding love of gadgetry is well known. It’s appropriate then that Hancock will be spotlighted this week on TechTV’s AudioFile program, a 30-minute show that features interviews with musicians and creators who are at the forefront of technology trends in music. The show with Hancock airs tonight at 9 p.m. and again at 12 midnight.
Hancock, whose use of electronic technology in his music dates back to his uses of electric keyboards in the ’60s, and which commercially peaked on his innovative 1983 album Future Shock, gave AudioFile a two-hour tour of his studio in his West Hollywood home. The show will feature Hancock discussing his wide array of electronics, which includes computers, mixers, keyboards, samplers, amplifiers and more. Many of these music tools are showcased on Hancock’s Future 2 Future CD, which was released in September 2001.