Thursday, April 14, 2011

This is a video made by Donovan Drummond. The music is Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon performed on the Buchla synthesizer. Drummond's LightsOut! light shows remind me of Glen McKay's Headlights liquid light shows from the 1960's.

I did a very similar rear projection light show once in the sixties using several projectors for a stage play based on Whitman's sing the body electric. Live dancers, vocalists and musician performed in front of a translucent scrim. We only had the theatre for a single performance.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I have been listening to WQXR's Q2 stream for the past several weeks. They present today's leading New Music. A couple of days ago Q2 broadcast a recording of the Beatles Revolution 9 performed live by Alarm Will Sound. I found it the next day on Youtube.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Experimental composer Milton Babbitt died in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday at the age of 94. Babbitt had been a founding member of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. I have been interested in electronic music since I was very young. The music produced at the Columbia-Princeton center later was a big influence.

Milton Babbitt: "Occasional Variations"
Realized on the RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer, 1968-1971

Paul Lansky was one of Babbitt's students.