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The silent god

Description: Recording of Mauro Graziani's The silent god. It is a sound processing work, no synthesized sounds are involved. The beginning sound materials are sounds often used in religious rites and ceremonies, hence the title. Sound material includes: Japanese gongs, Tibetan and Chinese bells, Tibetan trumpets, gamelan, Indian and Middle-eastern harp, western organ, aeolian harp, voices. Processing includes filtering, time and/or pitch changing, delays, freezing, cutting, and mixing. The work was realized at the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale" (University of Padova) in 1980, using the IBM 4381 mainframe and the MUSIC360 software for digital sound synthesis.
Date: 1980
Creator: Graziani, Mauro, 1954-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Walking Bells

Description: Recording of David Porter's Walking Bells for tape. The piece is a tour through an environmental/concrete landscape. It is another variation on the "cumulative form." This is the second in a series of four tape pieces. As with all these pieces, this piece comments on political and compositional methods and devices. In this instance, the piece makes reference to another composer whose style is borrowed. Other than that, it is pure experience. This piece should be listened to with speakers placed well apart and volume up the the highest comfortable level at the last two minutes of the piece.
Date: 1981
Creator: Porter, David, 1953-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Sous le regard d'un soleil noir

Description: Recording of Francis Dhomont's "Sous le regard d'un soleil noir" )"Under the Glare of a Black Sun") performed by the speakers Pierre Louet, Marthe Forget, and Arthur Bergeron. This is the original recording of the piece that was created in 1982. The text is primarily by Ronald D. Laing and the piece also features quotes by Plato, Franz Kafka, and K. Georg Buchner. The eight sections of the work were inspired by reading the work of the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Ronald D Laing. The eight sections of the piece are as follows: 1. Pareil a un voyageur perdu (Like a Traveler Who's Been Lost); 2. Engloutissement (Engulfment); 3. Arrête! Arrête! Elle me tue (Stop it. Stop it. She's Killing Me); 4. Implosion; 5. Le moi divisé (The Divided Self); 6. Citadelle intérieure (Inner Citadel); 7. Pétrification (Petrification); 8. Le message quand vient le soir (The Message at the Coming of Night). The piece focuses on the experience of schizophrenia, something Dhomont calles a "particular form of human tragedy... the dissolution of the being and the exploding of personality, where a universe of implacable confinement is constructed." The "clinical commentaries" of the narrators, as the comments of a therapist/coryphaeus (though not devoid of tenderness), serve as landmarks throughout the work, though they only serve to introduce the distance, using few caesuras that will spare pathos from pathetic, and in regard to ourselves, voyeurism. Dhomont describes the piece as being "the history of a shipwreck: the hallucinated derivation across an obsessional landscape where the note B-natural is the obsessed character, the tonic axis that binds together the eight sections." The veritable ostinato, an "Invention on one note," recalls the idea of Wozzeck by Alban Berg. The original version of "Sous Ie regard d'un soleil noir" was produced in 1979-80 in the studios ...
Date: 1979/1981
Creator: Dhomont, Francis, 1926-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Dripsody

Description: Recording of Hugh le Caine's Dripsody. It is an study for variable speed recorder. It was composed in one night. Le Caine used a recording of a drop of water falling into a bucket, which he re- recorded different speeds, obtaining the heights of a pentatonic scale. Using 25 connectors and the variable speed tape recorder, it produced thousands of sound effects. Dripsody begins with the original sound of the water drop, repetition loop. Shortly afterwards, by adding more loops, the density of the sound increases and an arpeggio figure is produced. The complete work, lasting one minute and twenty-six seconds, was finished at 7.30 am, and Le Caine played it for those who arrived at the laboratory.
Date: 1955
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
Partner: UNT Music Library

Spattering... A shower

Description: Recording of Robert Rowe's "Spattering... A Shower." This piece of computer music focuses on the organization of sound and the process of adopting the medium of a digital computer to produce music compositions.
Date: 1981
Creator: Rowe, Robert, 1954-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Echoes

Description: Recording of Beatriz Ferreyra's "Echos" with vocals by Mercedes Cornu. The piece was made from the "destructuration" of four Latin American songs: two Argentinian and two Brazilian. Cornu uses a variety of vocal sounds (long and short sounds, breaths, coughs, etc.).
Date: 1979
Creator: Ferreyra, Beatriz, 1937-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Sicher sein...

Description: Recording of Max E. Keller's Sicher sein... This piece confronts newspaper articles on the subject of redundancies, read by the orator, with the advertising slogan "Sicher sein, Bankverein."
Date: 1976
Creator: Keller, Max E., 1947-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Six dark questions

Description: Recording of Dexter Morrill's Six dark questions performed by Neva Pilgrim, soprano. The piece is designed for soprano and a single electronic speaker. It is a voice drama in which the questions form an inquiry into the structure of the personality. At the outset of the piece, both singer and electronic device are defined in lifeless, mechanical terms; but as the questions are put forward one by one, more and more is revealed about the well hidden emotions in the individual. At first, the singer is unwilling to play the question and answer game, and even when she finally begins to respond, her answers are stock cliches. However, she quickly finds that when she gives a superficial or false response, the speaker falls silent. The quality and weight of this silence grows in meaning through the piece. When, on the other hand, she reveals herself, the speaker joins in accompaniment of increasing complexity and intensity after the first tentative beginnings. The questions are "dark" for two reasons. Firstly, they are suggestive and symbolic rather than open and direct. Secondly, they raise increasingly serious human problems. The first two animal questions, the singer's associations for cats and horses are relatively simple. They are intended to reveal the singer's feelings about men and women. Thus when asked about cats, symbolic of women, the singer first plays out a little girl stroking a cat, even exuding some of the feline sexuality of the cat herself in a coy, flirtatious way. But when the speaker rejects this ploy and refuses in silence to join in, the singer in frustration reveals her annoyance with cats, with their independence, their caprice. The questions which follow are more opaque. This singer is asked, "suppose that you are standing upon a bridge above a dry river bed and ...
Date: 1979
Creator: Morrill, Dexter
Partner: UNT Music Library

Création mondiale

Description: Recording of Jacques Diennet's Création mondiale. This piece is a synthetic prelude with a classic form. The composer used wide sound tracks/slides to spread concrete and electronic sound plates.
Date: 1976
Creator: Diennet, Jacques
Partner: UNT Music Library

Six meditations

Description: Recording of Andrzej Dutkiewicz's Six Meditations for electronic sound and piano performed by Dutkiewicz, piano. The electronic sounds are based on the sound material of the piano (mainly non-conventional sounds) that are electronically transformed by use of filters. Realized in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw.
Date: 1978
Creator: Dutkiewicz, Andrzej, 1942-
Partner: UNT Music Library

Skolyon

Description: Recording of Julio Martín Viera's Skolyon. The piece was composed using the ARP 2600 synthesizer among other analog technologies.
Date: 1975
Creator: Viera, Julio Martín
Partner: UNT Music Library

Cuauhtémoc

Description: Recording of Antonio Mastrogiovanni's Cuauhtémoc. The work "Cuauhtémoc" is dedicated to this young Aztec king, who defended the city of Mexico against the Spanish conquerors commanded by Hernan Cortes. During the siege of this city, nine-tenths of the Aztec population was exterminated, and Cuauhtémoc himself was tortured and assassinated by Hernan Cortes. Three fragments of indigenous texts are used in the work: The first text is the one recited on the occasion of the birth of a Mexican child, and is mixed with the name Cuauhtemoc. The second text is a description of the Spanish army. The third text is a description of the city of Mexico after the cruel siege.
Date: 1973
Creator: Mastrogiovanni, Antonio
Partner: UNT Music Library

Slow Field

Description: Recording of Stephen Montague's Slow Field. The primary sound was recorded from a toy organ and altered by means of filters, etc. The work employs heterodyning (using an electronic circuit to combine an input radio frequency with one that is generated in order to produce new frequencies) and the use of vari-speed near the end.
Date: 1975
Creator: Montague, Stephen
Partner: UNT Music Library

Dance for Sarah

Description: Recording of Arthur Kreiger's Dance for Sarah. This piece explores a rich palette of electronic sounds - sounds whose timbral elements are in a constant state of flux in contrast to those which appear in a more steady - state fashion - sounds that utilize the upper registers of the spectrum set against those giving emphasis to the bass tessitura - sounds played in the most delicate pianissimo opposing those of a loud and raucous character. The form of "Dance for Sarah" is a modified ternary structure. The middle section closes with a crashing glissando that is followed by silence. A quiet high-pitched envelope emerges from this silence opening the final section of the piece while creating an aural reference to the beginning gesture of the composition. The final section contains a noisy, flamboyant climax. The energy of this climax is soon spent ant the piece gently fades.
Date: 1976
Creator: Kreiger, Arthur
Partner: UNT Music Library