On 13/03/06, Mike Richter wrote:
> Marcos Sueiro wrote:
>> I can tell you that I just started working at Columbia U as audio
>> archivist, and two weeks ago I was at the Computer Music Center, "the
>> first in its hemisphere". Albeit not an expert in the history of
>> computer music, I was still blown away by the RCA Mark II synthesiser
>> (taking up two walls of a large room), and the several (working!!)
>> Buchla modules. Yesterday's cutting edge machines are today's revered
> At age 66, I have a few years on the other "fogeys" who have posted on
> this thread. (Even so, I've not changed the misleading Subject line.)
> Last year, I pulled out my introduction to such music, the ten-inch LP
> of "Tape Recorder Music" of Luening and Ussachevsky, to celebrate its
> fiftieth anniversary. The music is no longer shocking, no longer
> questionable as to whether it is music at all.
I remember the LP but no longer have a copy.
Luening and Ussachevsky are included in the 3 CD set "Early Gurus of
Electronic Music", but I don't know if the pieces are the same.
There is also an out of print CD from Composers' Recordings Inc. called
"Electronic Music", containing music by these two. It might eventually
reappear from New World Records.
> It is surprising how much of this material is almost lost already. I
> had the pleasure of sending some of Cathy Berberian's work with her
> then-husband, Luciano Berio, to Cathy's daughter. She had known that
> there were commercial releases on minor labels, but had none of them
> herself. Often it is the artists themselves who lack their recordings;
> in some cases, it appears that I've been the only source.
> Fortunately, analogue discs are still playable and well-kept copies
> provide satisfying sound. My hope is that even those which are
> unlikely to get commercial release be available to students, scholars
> and performers - copyright be damned!
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