Hi David:

Related to this thread ...

Mercury in the late 60's put out a 2LP album that apparently came from French Philips, featuring 
electronic music from Europe.


This appears to be pre-Moog/pre-Buchla music made with tape and various electronic noise-makers.

I don't follow club music, but I wonder if these old electronic music LPs get sampled often? There 
are some very unique sounds on them.

A book I am reading, "Analog Days" by Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco:
talks about how the early Moog and Buchla artists came up with all sorts of far-out sounds, but 
later synth players settled on a relatively small sub-set of the machines' capabilities (exemplified 
by the popularity of the Minimoog).  In the world of sound effects, there seems to be a recent 
return to recording real-world sounds and then layering them into desired compound audio using DAW 
editing and sound-altering capabilities. In the early days of synthesis, the move was toward using 
something like the Moog to create and layer completely electronic sounds and using them as effects 

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Lewis" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Richard Maxfield Collection now streaming online

> Jonathan,
> Thank you for this treasure trove. As you would be well aware, very little
> of Maxfield ever made it out into the public ear, including only one piece
> in his lifetime ("Night Piece" on the 1967 Odyssey LP "New Sounds in
> Electronic Music.") When I saw your link, I immediately reached out to my
> friend Mark Milano, who has been studying/collecting non-European early
> electronic and minimalist music for close to 30 years. He wrote:
> "Wow ! I just picked up a new double LP of his music, and now this ! After
> all these 50+ years since he got started there was only one album and one
> other track, I certainly didn't see this deluge coming.
> The double album contains interviews and pieces for conventional
> instruments and about 18 minutes of tape music, so these pieces are not
> duplicates and very welcome to say the least."
> Maxfield is someone we've all wondered about for a long time: what he did
> versus what his colleagues said he did, what he might have done had he
> survived
> the 'sixties. You have helped to open the door to that much wider. Thank
> you!
> David Neal Lewis
> North Plainfield, NJ
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM, Jonathan Manton <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> --Apologies for cross posting--
>> The Archive of Recorded Sound at Stanford University is delighted to
>> announce that the Richard Maxfield Collection (ARS.0074) can now be
>> listened to online, via the collection's finding aid on the Online Archive
>> of California
>> This collection features nine distinct works by the pioneering American
>> electronic music composer Richard Maxfield, composed between 1959-1964,
>> four of which are believed to be previously unpublished (Dromenom,
>> Electronic Symphony, Suite from Peripateia, and Wind). Additionally, as
>> Maxfield frequently produced unique edits of his work for each performance,
>> many of the open tape reels that form this collection include alternative
>> edits to those previously published, such as the tapes for Amazing Grace
>> which feature three different versions of the work.
>> You can read more about Maxfield and this collection on the Stanford
>> Libraries Blog -
>> .
>> Jonathan Manton
>> Sound Archives Librarian
>> Archive of Recorded Sound
>> Braun Music Center
>> Stanford University
>> 541 Lasuen Mall
>> Stanford, CA 94305-3076
>> 650-725-8862
>> 650-725-1145 (fax)
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