Various – Electronic Music

Electronic Music front
Electronic Music back
Electronic Music side 1

Released 1980, this 2xLP demonstrates electronic music and musique concrète with the help and examples from composers working at U.T.’s Electronic Music Studio. The latter is not so well documented as Columbia-Princeton, Bell Lab, Mills College or San Francisco’s Tape Music Center, so the whole set is a welcome contribution to our knowledge of US university-funded studios.

Home studioEach composer introduces the studio techniques used in his/her composition, often demonstrating the way it works with examples. Usually the entire piece, or a significant excerpt, will be heard next to the demonstration. Style ranges from musique concrète and processed acoustic sounds to electronically generated sounds and sequencer (the Synthi-256 Digital Sequencer, in some cases). The sound effects explained include ring modulator, enveloppe generator, phase-shifter, tape delays, etc.

The educational merits of such a project are indubitable, and there’s nothing too esoteric in the speeches here, but the downside is that, at some point, electronic music becomes a matter of tweaking the knobs, which is oversimplifying things a bit, even if some of the music here is rather elaborated.

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7 Responses to “Various – Electronic Music”

  1. 1 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián January 5, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Hi continuo! great post as always…

    I think the “new” technologies(Super Collider, PureData etc) are helping the composer to leave behind that “tweaking the knobs” aproach..and think more like an orchestrator who knows exactly how his orchestra works,and gets the best out of it(or die trying in some cases ;))


  2. 2 continuo January 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I hope you’re right, Joaquin. More often than not, I have the feeling the electronic composer is the slave of his machine.

  3. 3 Bodhi Amol January 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Hello,thanks for sharing.Surprisingly this one is NOT on offer on the Smithsonian website,so it is okay to get it here…

  4. 4 continuo January 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Hi, Bodhi. It is indeed on the F*lkw*ys website, hence my discretion.

  5. 6 paranoidandroid2010 April 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for putting this and other great lost works up.

  6. 7 continuo April 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    My pleasure. Thanks for dropping by.

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