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Concertante

Description: Recording of Samuel Headrick's Concertante for Violoncello and Magnetic Tape. It is aggressive and decisive in nature with sections that emerge from and evolve into one another, giving the piece a feeling of inevitability. The title describes the concert-piece in which both instruments are used in virtuosic solo capacities. It was inspired by Brahms's Symphony Number One, First Movement and Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses."
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Date: 1977
Creator: Headrick, Samuel
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Setting for spirituals

Description: Recording of Joel Chadabe's Setting for spirituals.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Chadabe, Joel
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Recorded

Description: Recording of Vladan Radovanović's Recorded. The attention in this piece is focused on the interaction of sound and semantic aspects of the word "recorded" and the sounds that accompany it. At times reversible elements oppose the irreversibility of the flow of the word.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Radovanović, Vladan, 1932-
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Sch No. 2

Description: Recording of György Kurtág's Sch No. 2. The title applies to a series of works written for the electronic guitar. Second in the series, this piece uses very simple technical means: fuzz, wah-wah, feedback on the bass guitar. Kurtag's intention is to exploit the acoustic possibilities of the bass guitar. Recording made in the electronic studios of Radio Hungarian (1977).
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Date: 1977
Creator: Kurtág, György
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Ludus Sinteticus

Description: Recording of Iván Patachich's Ludus Sinteticus. This composition includes synthetic sounds and contains nine part of form that contrast in atmosphere and construction to each other. Two fundamental structures characterize the composition: a successively built block of clusters and a kind of percussion-rhythmic structure.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Patachich, Iván
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Maiandros

Description: Recording of Paavo Heininen's Maiandros, Op. 37, for tape. It was commissioned by Finish Radio. It was realized on 23 March 1977.
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Date: 1977
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Late Afternoon

Description: Recording of Jukka Ruohomäki's Late Afternoon
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Date: 1977
Creator: Ruohomäki, Jukka
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Lyric Density I

Description: Recording of James Needles's Lyric Density I. This piece is the first in a series of three works which explore the development of density from a steady-state sound into a more defined lyric and linear statement. In this initial movement, short and abrupt crescendos promote areas of high attack density often veiled by a continuous foreground or background sound.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Needles, James
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Merchants

Description: Recording of Mark Schubert's Merchants. This piece is a progression from single isolated events to total unification of all sounds. The method of doing so involved simple mixings of the different sounds (first individually presented), extending the events with loops, rapidly splicing different timbres together, and finally using tape echo, blending all the sounds into a climactic ending.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Schubert, Mark
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Unter dem Pflasterstein liegt der Strand

Description: Recording of Martin Schwarzenlander's Unter dem Pflasterstein liegt der Strand. The music is interspersed with text about demonstrations in East Germany during the 1970s.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Schwarzenlander, Martin
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Variation und collage

Description: Recording of Lothar Voigtländer's "Variation und collage" for voice and tape. The text is from a poem by F. G. Lorca. The human voice serves at primary sound material (murmurs, screams, editing, deformations). There are few synthetic sounds that were created through the use of the ARP synthesizer.
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Date: 1977/1980
Creator: Voigtländer, Lothar, 1943-
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Pour bande et instruments divers

Description: Recording of Bogusław Schäffer's "Pour bande et instruments divers" ("For tape and various instruments")
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Date: 1977
Creator: Schäffer, Bogusław
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GAM 77

Description: Recording of Raoul de Smet's GAM 77. It is a work based on concrete sound material, specifically a cookware set on which the composer improvised. In the studio, the sounds were kneaded and transformed until it reached a sound comparable to gamelan. The title refers to it and when one reads the English title ("game"), it refers at the same time to the composer's activity. As soon as the material was fixed, it was organized in canon three voices. GAM 77 was realized at the Institute for Systematic Musicology (IPEM) in Ghent in 1977.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Smet, Raoul de
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Windows

Description: Recording of Richard Zvonar's Windows for two-channel tape. The piece is described by Zvonar as being "an animated film for the ears." The sonic images are meant to invoke glimpses of alien landscapes, unknown and yet strangely familiar. Sound materials were taken from choral sound masses, filtered and gated through a Buchla 200 Series synthesizer. No electronic sound materials were used.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Zvonar, Richard
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Ever-Livin' Rhythm

Description: Recording of Neil Rolnick's "Ever-Livin' Rhythm." All of the sound material comes from fragments of African music taken mostly from field recordings of music of the BaBenzele pygmies of Central Africa, which was then transcribed by Rolnick. The rhythmic drive of the piece is similar to the kind of infectious music which has come out of the African diaspora. The computer part was realized on a mainframe computer which would calculate the batch files, which is an aspect that endures in Rolnick's later works as well.
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Date: 1977/1978
Creator: Rolnick, Neil B.
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Filigran 4

Description: Recording of Akil Mark Koci's Filigran 4.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Koci, Akil Mark, 1936-
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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
Creator: Chowning, John M.
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Of time and nostalgia

Description: Recording of Douglas Lilburn's Of time and nostalgia.
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Date: 1977
Creator: Lilburn, Douglas, 1915-2001
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Twilight Flight

Description: Recording of Reynold Weidenaar's Twilight Flight. Too solemn for day, too sweet for night, come not in darkness; but come in some twilight interim, when the gloom is soft, and the light is dim.
Date: 1977
Creator: Weidenaar, Reynold
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De onbesuijsde steenhoop

Description: Recording of Kees Van Prooijen's De onbesuijsde steenhoop. "De onbesuijsde steenhoop" was completed on March 30, 1977. The overall structure of the piece can be described as an introduction followed by variations on a theme. The introduction that occupies more than half of the work is composed in a free style, my first subject of interest being how the computer manufactures the sound and how this sound is perceived. The variations are the result of an analysis-synthesis process executed by the computer. We approach the rhythmic and melodic characteristics of a melody from the statistical analysis of this melody. Parallel to this, the computer, starting from the principles put into practice in the introduction, is approached in a more and more instrumental way until we hear the theme "savagely.”
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Date: 1977
Creator: Van Prooijen, Kees
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À cordes perdues

Description: Recording of Francis Dhomont's À cordes perdues. This work was premiered on August 11, 1977 at the Saint Rémy de Provence Festival by bassist Henri Texier; it is, in fact, at the origin of a mixed music. Inspired by the album "AMIR" by Henri Texier (Eurodisc 913002), it borrows materials, groups, and objects, and proposes to send back an "electroacoustic reflection". During the concert, H. Texier improvised on the tape: reception and/or incentive for the instrumentalist; three-dimensional game between disc, tape and live audio; confrontation of a fixed form and a moving course. Apart from borrowings or quotations, all the sound materials come from the processing of some piano strings. The long final sequence, announced from the beginning, is obtained by coincidence of chains, themselves the result of a "gestural" work inside the piano. Another improvisation of Texier was proposed the next day. The version presented here is specially designed for tape alone.
Date: 1977
Creator: Dhomont, Francis
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Diamant

Description: Recording of John Elmsly's Diamant. This piece was composed in 1977, using a Flemish poem written and read by Chris Dries as text. Using a simple bank of tuned oscillators, a sequencer pattern to modulate an oscillator, and very simple tape manipulations to leave the words as intact as possible the work is intended as a meditative coloring of the poem.
Date: 1977
Creator: Elmsly, John
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