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.
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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