Daniel Lanois is a name that deserves to be mentioned alongside the finest sonic experimenters of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Whatever you’re listening to — whether it’s acoustic or electric, roots or futuristic, underground or pop — if you listen closely, you’ll hear traces of the sonic signatures of Daniel Lanois.

What’s more, he’s still experimenting as eagerly as he ever has, creating music as beautiful and new as ever. It’s his refusal to sit still and a constant hunger for new ideas and techniques that has defined both his work as a renowned producer and as a solo musician — most recently on the album Player, Piano.

Lanois joined us in the Gumbo Kitchen for a conversation.