Published during the 1980s by the Austrian Music Council, or Österreichischer Musikrat, to document contemporary Austrian music, the nearly 30 volumes in the Österreichische Musik der Gegenwart LP series included LPs by Ernst Krenek, Egon Wellesz, Lothar Zagrosek, Anestis Logothetis, or Heinz Karl Gruber, for instance. Three LPs were devoted to electroacoustic music, all published 1988. Volume 1 featured pure Elektronische Musik ; volume 2 was about electronic and live instruments and titled Tonband Und … , or Tape music with…, including a track by Mia Zabelka & Giselher Smekal (see previous post) ; volume 3 was about and titled Tape Music. In 1988, Austria had 10 or so electroacoustic music studios, of which the most famous were in Vienna: the Institut für Elektroakustik und experimentelle Musik (IEM), and the National Radio recording facilities at ORF, used by the famous Kunstradio avantgarde weekly program. Several tracks on this LP were recorded at IEM.
♫ This compilation offers an overview of electroacoustic music in Austria from 1957 to 1986. Note that the conception of Elektronische Musik featured here is a little different from that of the Köln ideologues. Both Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and György Ligeti were familiar figures of the Darmstadt summer courses in the 1950s, and their respective tracks belong to the more Abstrakt of the genre. The former features with a calm, meditative early experiment on oscillators and tape manipulation from 1957. Soon-to-be Austrian citizen Ligeti is included with his famous Artikulation 1958 electronic composition. Composer Max Brand [+] certainly created a bold statement with Die Astronauten, an homage to the first men in space featuring the impressive electronic sounds of the Moogtonium, a hybrid of Moog and Trautonium Brand ordered directly from Robert Moog (great YouTube demo here). The Fantasmata evoked by Anestis Logothetis in his masterful composition are raised by voice tape manipulations and mysterious electronic sounds. Dieter Kaufmann‘s Wiener Werkel is a wonderfully agitated and playful cut-up of found vocals and ferocious piano chords, getting more peaceful in the end. Wilhelm Zobl contributes a great tape collage in the tradition of Walter Ruttmann’s Weekend. The last 3 tracks by Bruno Liberda, Andrea Sodomka and Gerhard Eckel are brooding, minimalist compositions recalling the sombre atmosphere of Roberta Settels’ Isolation! – Meinhof in Memoriam, for instance. There’s a large 10-year gap between the Liberda and Sodomka tracks – 1977 and 1986, respectively. Maybe some of Martin Fischer-Schwarzenlander’s own electronic music could have been inserted? (see previous post).
01 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati L’Amen de Verre – 1957 (5:00)
02 Max Brand Die Astronauten – 1962 (5:00)
03 György Ligeti Artikulationen – 1958 (3:56)
04 Anestis Logothetis Fantasmata – 1960 (6:15)
05 Dieter Kaufmann Wiener Werkel – 1970 (5:08)
06 Wilhelm Zobl Ändere Die Welt, Sie Braucht Es – 1973 (6:35)
07 Bruno Liberda Valse Triste – 1977 (9:55)
08 Andrea Sodomka Playground Suite – 1986 (5:25)
09 Gerhard Eckel Der Zufall Geht – 1986 (2:26)
Total time 49:40
LP released by Classic Amadeo, Wien, Austria, 1988
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