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Ceremony of Shrugs

Description: Recording of David Koblitz's Ceremony of Shrugs. This piece was originally composed as music to a dance choreographed by Amy Ellsworth and performed by members of the University of Michigan Dancers. It is heard here in a slightly altered form. The sounds used in the piece were produced by electrical acoustic instruments, in addition to purely electronic sources. All were subject to modification and rearrangement in the University of Michigan Electronic Music Studio.
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Date: 1972
Duration: 18 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Koblitz, David
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The waste land

Description: Recording of Elżbieta Sikora's The waste land, for fixed media. The piece is a journey through time and spaces. The present is mixed with the past, the ordinary with the extraordinary, dream with reality. The work was commissioned by the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio and was realized in October 1979. The text comes from T. Elliot's poem "The Waste Land."
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Date: 1979
Duration: 24 minutes 09 seconds
Creator: Sikora, Elżbieta, 1943-
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Skelelemedania

Description: Recording of Hal Freedman's Skelelemedania. This piece falls into three sections; the first and third combine live and tape sounds, and the second is for tape alone. The piece as a whole represents an expansion of the middle tape section. The more purely electronic layers were composed to complement or contrast with the vocal elements. The first and third sections make use of tape echo and delay systems. The timing of the repetitions allow the delay to be heard not as feedback but as a continuous evolution of texture and harmonic, melodic, and contrapuntal interplay.
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Date: 1975
Duration: 21 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Freedman, Hal
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Eleorp

Description: Recording of Dragoslav Ortakov's Eleorp.
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Date: 1976
Duration: 6 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: Ortakov, Dragoslav
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Quadratwellenklangwurst

Description: Recording of Martin Sierek's Quadratwellenklangwurst. The piece is based on micro-intervals through the use of square-wave oscillations. These exact intervals were only achievable with a digital rectangle generator. In the composition, the higher pitched parts of the two harmonies are fed to the cohesive basic tones and a whole sound becomes a glittering sound spectacle. The intervals and the number of individual rectangles constantly increase during the composition and generate acoustic phenomena and end in a cluster. The only "ordinary" intervals, a big second after and then a minor third, are just decoration.
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Date: 1981
Duration: 15 minutes 47 seconds
Creator: Sierek, Martin 1958-
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Un minuto de silencio por favor

Description: Recording of Ricardo Teruel's "Un minuto de silencio per favor" for electronic sounds on tape.
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Date: 1984
Duration: 12 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Teruel, Ricardo, 1956-
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He met her in the park

Description: Recording of Charles Dodge's "He met her in the park," poetry by Richard Kostelanetz. The poem consists of a boy-meets-girl story that is told eight times, and the retellings abridged versions of the previous ones, sometimes reversing the gender roles until the final retelling is just "He met her in the park." In the composition, the lines are read by a male and female actor alternating lines and each telling of the story is articulated in a different way. The voices are synthesized with melodies, and over the piece, the voices become understood more like music which echoes the original language.
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Date: 1983
Duration: 26 minutes 30 seconds
Creator: Dodge, Charles, 1942-
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Nekyia

Description: Recording of D. Gareth Loy's Nekyia. The title refers to the eleventh chapter of Homer's The Odyssey in which Odysseus and his men have just escaped the enchantment of Circle's Island and are about to experience the demonic confrontation of the souls from Hades, in order to consult with tierces for how to return to Ithaca. The music, though not narrative, uses images of enchantment and demonic confrontation to explore the existential position of the hero to evoke the same moods in the audience.
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Date: 1979
Duration: 9 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Loy, D. Gareth
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Computer lotus

Description: Recording of Zaid Holmin's Computer Lotus.
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Date: 197X
Duration: 4 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Holmin, Zaid
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Mugl Entsteigt

Description: Recording of Günther Rabl's Mugl Entsteigt. This piece awakens the ear with new and expressive sounds: dazzling lines, clusters of Argentinian sounds, a kind of organ with soft shapes, an ostinato with colors and tasty traces, all this intertwines with humor and vivacity in real tests of symphonic development where electro-acoustic musicians rarely succeed. The work reveals a temperament, which is rare, here as well as elsewhere.
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Date: 1976/1977
Duration: 12 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Rabl, Günther
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Piano d'ombres

Description: Recording of Pierre Bernard's Piano d'ombres
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Date: 1974
Duration: 16 minutes 04 seconds
Creator: Bernard, Pierre
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Satumaisema

Description: Recording of Marja Vesterinen's Satumaisema ("Fairy-tale Landscape") performed by Marja Vesterinen. The piece begins with an image of empty space with strange unknown planets passing over the observer. A raw chord, formed from the interval of the third and produced with the aid of amplitude modulation, symbolizes the friction against the outer atmosphere as the traveler reaches the vicinity of the fairy-tale planet. From beneath the layer of misty clouds is revealed a beautiful land of sweetness and verdure.
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Date: 1976
Duration: 8 minutes 55 seconds
Creator: Vesterinen, Marjaana
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Mappings

Description: Recording of James Dashow's Mappings. This piece is in three large sections, each of which explores a particular kind of texture by developing the composition or structural possibilities implied in the timbral relationships between the cello and the electronic sounds. At the same time, each section contains forward and/or backward references to later/earlier material. In the third section, the cello/tape integration is brought to its maximum by turning the solo instrument into what might be called a “prepared cello,” using paper clips to resemble an electronic ring modulation.
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Date: 1974
Duration: 15 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Dashow, James, 1944-
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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 …
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Date: 1979/1981
Duration: 51 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Dhomont, Francis, 1926-
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Filigran 4

Description: Recording of Akil Mark Koci's Filigran 4.
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Date: 1977
Duration: 6 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: Koci, Akil Mark, 1936-
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Movements

Description: Recording of Miklós Maros's Movements
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Date: 1974
Duration: 7 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Maros, Miklós
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Terminus II

Description: Recording of Gottfried Michael Koenig's Terminus II
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Date: 1967
Duration: 19 minutes 47 seconds
Creator: Koenig, Gottfried Michael
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Rondo (Bevor Ariadne kommt)

Description: Recording of Georg Katzer's Rondo (Bevor Ariadne kommt). This piece incorporates the dramatic use of sound materials such as noises, instrumental and synthesized sounds. These materials were treated in the style of a classic rondo with three themes that were then interwoven for compositional purposes. The contrasting central part consists of an assembly of sounds. At the end of the work, there appears a recitation of a child related to the title and the subject.
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Date: 1976
Duration: 9 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Katzer, Georg, 1935-
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Gestes II

Description: Recording of Peter Tod Lewis's Gestes II.
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Date: 1974
Duration: 14 minutes 17 seconds
Creator: Lewis, Peter Tod
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Daisy story

Description: Recording of Bohdan Mazurek's Daisy Story. Key sonorities include the twittering of birds, the croaking of frogs, and vocal phrases as well as whispers, laughter and shouts. The piece was realizes at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw.
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Date: 1979
Duration: 19 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Mazurek, Bohdan
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Inventio

Description: Recording of Sukhi Kang's "Inventio" for piano and prerecorded electronic sound. He used traditional Korean rhythmic elements (multirhythms) and blends them within the context of Western music and electronics to create the piece. The electronic sound is primarily derived from the pitch G on the piano, which is then electronically manipulated by duration, pitch and tone.
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Date: 1984
Duration: 23 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Kang, Sukhi, 1934-
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Champs

Description: Recording of Georges Boeuf's Champs.
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Date: 1975
Duration: 23 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Boeuf, Georges
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In Celebration

Description: Recording of Charles Dodge's In Celebration. "In Celebration" was composed during the first part of 1975. The composition tends to capture the spirit and structure of Mark Strand's poem and to give it a coherent sense musically. The poem has a two-part structure separated by the reappearance of the verse "You sit in a chair.” The two parts of the poem can be distinguished from each other by the different degrees of passivity attributed to the "You,” the person to whom the poem is addressed.
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Date: 1975
Duration: 8 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Dodge, Charles
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Stria

Description: Recording of John Chowning's Stria. The work uses the processes of computer synthesis to precisely control the spectral components - the partials - of sound. A non-tonal division of the frequency space is based on the golden ratio which is also used to determine relationships between inharmonic spectral components. Chowning received one of the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music's (IRCAM) first commissions to compose a piece for the first series of concerts of the Institute (which was presented by Pierre Boulez in Paris of 1977) at the initiative of Luciano Berio. Stria was composed between the summer and autumn of 1977 at the Center for Computer Research in Music an Acoustics of Stanford University.
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Date: 1977
Duration: 15 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Chowning, John M.
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