Joel Chadabe – Rhythms

Joel Chadabe – Rhythms LP front cover
Joel Chadabe – Rhythms LP back cover
Joel Chadabe – Rhythms LP side A

Joel Chadabe, 1979US composer Joel Chadabe, born 1938 in NYC, has been experimenting with synthetic sounds, computer-generated music and interactive systems since the late 1960s. He was a reviewer for Electronic Music Review magazine, 1967-68, edited by Reynold Weidenaar & Robert Moog – archive now hosted online at Ubuweb–, but also for many other publications like Perspectives of New Music or Leonardo Music Journal. Chadabe developed several music programs, including the software sequencer PLAY with Roger Meyers in 1977 ; the interactive composing program M (still available at Cycling 74) ; or the touchpad controller Touchsurface with David Asher in 1990. See official website for more info.

♫ Rhythms was Chadabe’s 3rd LP release after Ideas Of Movement At Bolton Landing on Opus One in 1974 and Echoes/Flowers on CP2 Records in 1976. Recorded in 1980, Rhythms is a set of rhythmic variations for computer-generated sounds and live percussion – the computer’s live interaction with an acoustic instrument being the pioneering aspect of the record. Developed by Chadabe, the program is based on an original rhythm structure whose parameters can be modified by the composer, and able to interact with live sounds from percussionist Jan Williams – something Chadabe had already experimented in his duo with violinist Paul Zukovsky in Echoes/Flowers. Consisting in looped midi sounds, mellow rhythm patterns and light percussion interjections, the music on Rhythms isn’t radical or cutting edge as such – it can even, to some extent, function as musique d’ameublement, or furniture music. Midi sounds emulate glass or gamelan instruments, and rhythm programing often denotes exotic touches – Chadabe quoting Caribbean and African influences.

01 Rendezvous (4:39)
02 Bagatelle (2:19)
03 Hot Sauce (2:15)
04 After the Blues (9:31)
05 Bird Bath (2:21)
06 Carnival (5:57)
07 Song Without Words (7:26)
08 Yum Yum (3:28)
09 Pas de Deux (1:35)
10 Au Revoir (2:51)

Joel Chadabe, computer-synthesizer system
Jan Williams, vibraphone, marimba, log and slit drums,
woodblocks, temple blocks, cowbells, glass bowls

Total time 42:22
LP released by Lovely Music, USA, 1981


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13 Responses to “Joel Chadabe – Rhythms”

  1. 1 RTC January 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Nice one – thank you very much…

  2. 2 continuo January 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Glad you enjoy. Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 docteurorlof January 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks, this surely is some lovely music. 2012 is not starting too bad…

  4. 4 continuo January 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Hopefully, we will be listening to some descent music when the world eventually ends later this year.

  5. 5 Exeter January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    This does look interesting!

  6. 6 continuo January 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    You’re welcome.

  7. 7 DB Harps January 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Very happy have a good rip of this at long last. Many thanks. Might be the oomph I need to finally rip my Chadabe lps.

    Have you read Chadabe’s electronic music history, Electric Sound? By no means is it perfect, but he does a great job of highlighting the domino effect of people’s initial exposure to the early electronic studios. He goes on a bit of tear covering the development of various synths that is difficult to wade through, but even those parts have their gems.

  8. 8 continuo January 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I haven’t read Chadabe’s book, but I remember a documentary film on Jean-Jacques Perrey where he was interviewed and made interesting comments on Mr Ondioline.
    Your Chadabe rips would be welcome. Thanks for your comment.

  9. 9 calisan2000 January 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Incredible sounds! I love percussion and electronic stuff

  10. 10 continuo January 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hi, you should try the Kinothek Percussion Ensemble LP I posted this week if you’re into percussion+electronics.
    Thanks for your comment.

  11. 11 Mike Calvert January 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I have been looking for this ! but I’m having trouble with the link.. please help ! I’m dying to get this…

  12. 12 Mike Calvert February 5, 2013 at 1:21 am

    it only seems to download something called “iLividSetup.dmg” ?
    please help !

  13. 13 Norm March 29, 2015 at 10:19 am

    same here as mike calvert – what’s wrong?

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