I’m starting a weekly radio show featuring only computer music from the 20th century, and I thought I would ask for suggestions of things to feature!
I feel especially lacking in my knowledge of women active in computer music in the 20th century, so suggestions of computer musicians who don’t happen to be white males are especially welcome… I’m looking forward to playing the music of Sarah Peebles, Laurie Spiegel, Catherine Christer Hennix (assuming I can find old computer music stuff!), Beatriz Ferreyra, Kaffe Matthews, Francis White (who I just discovered today)…
Here’s the playlist & archive for the first episode:
Stanley Haynes - Prisms for Piano and Tape (1977) - Computer Music Currents 8
Clarence Barlow - Çoğluotobüsişletmesi (1976 / excerpt) - IBM’s “Computer-Musik” Compilation
Karlheinz Essl - Lexikon-Sonate (1992/3) - Rudiments
Peter Zinovieff - January Tensions (1968) - Cybernetic Serendipity Music
Eric Lyon - 1979 (1996) - Red Velvet
Herbert Brün - Futility (1964) - Electronic Music from the University of Illinois
Michel Decoust - Interphone (1977) - Computer Music Currents 4
Thanks for all the suggestions! I realize the theme has arbitrary boundries – for what it’s worth, the scope of computer music I plan to cover includes using the computer as a significant part of the compositional process, or featuring a computer part in a mixed ensemble, etc, it doesn’t have to be synthesized entirely on a PDP-11… the 20th century part as an arbitrary cutoff is just a way to focus on the early days of computer music!
This is one of the first computer music records from the USSR made on 2 Yamaha MSX computers. The album title - 512 kbytes is the total size of RAM of the 2 computers used for composition and recording.
While not an academic (rather a pop record, inspired by classical music and 80s new wave and synth-pop), it’s an original and romantic work with an experimental spirit and lots of FM synths
Tamas Ungvaray, Gottifried Michel Konig, Knut Wiggen, Max Mathews, Clarence Barlow, Lawrence Casserly, Trevor Wishart, Natasha Barrett, Ikue Mori, Trevor Wishart, Simon Emmerson, Jonty Harrison, Denis Smalley, Annette Van De Gorne, Ingrid Drese, Michel Waisvisz… Xenakis…Is a random list…
Alexei Shulgin started doing the 386 DX project in 1998, so I guess that qualifies as 20th century; it’s certainly computer music of a sort:
The band’s conceit questions the line between computer and user in digital production and performance. In the liner notes of The Best of 386 DX , Shulgin is identified as the band’s “operator,” making the computer the de facto frontperson.