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And Then She Said

Description: The concept of "And Then She Said" evolved while I was working on the music for the production of "Medea-Plays" conceived and directed by Ed Isser at the Stanford Drama department. Ed had the ingenious idea to use four narrators, backstage, each reciting a different version of the Medea story in a different language (Greek, Latin, French, or German), while four actors on the center stage spoke in English. The rich musical possibilities that this idea offered attracted me immediately. With Ed's permission, I recorded the four narrators in the four languages. They spoke the text just as in the play, but I also included some variations such as having them whisper the text, or sing it on certain specified pitches. I then processed those recordings with a Lexicon digital reverberator, and combined them with some of the computer-generated sounds I had used for the original Medea score. The actress does not play the role of Medea; instead I chose to juxtapose the Greek myth and an opposite idea: the Judeo-Christian symbolism of child sacrifice as the ultimate religious commitment, as in the stories of Isaac and Jesus. The story that I adapted for this piece is that of Hanna and her seven sons, taken from the book of Maccabees. "And Then She Said" was written between September 1986 and March 1987. It is dedicated to the memory of Catholic archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was assassinated there on March 24, 1980 for his beliefs.
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Date: 102865
Duration: 35 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Wolman, Amnon, 1955-
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Ran

Description: Ran claims to be a sonorous flow where the almost pseudocasual control substitutes itsel to human creativity in different ways. There is a playful alternation, through differents levels of generation, of the creative-compositive process between man and machine. The creative casual process of the machine, once fixed the range, determine the choice of the human creative process. The title RAN (Heran) means that only the interactive comprehension between the casual thing and the determined one can provide balance. In this way the opposites are no more incompatible but complementary, and any of them gives hints to the other making them closer to the aim. Musical events had been realized At DIST of Genoa University and in the composer's studio, using CMusic language. Technical notes: Languages: CMusic (inplemented on Vax), Machine language 6510 Programs: Composer's own program Computers: Vax 11/750, Microvax, PDP 11/23, Commodore64 Tape machines: Revox A77, Studer A-807 Mixer: Tascam M-208, Boss Km60 Analog signal processors: Cabre AF34 stereo equalizer, Pioneer reverb SR9 Samplers: Roland S50 Stereo 16bits 44.1Khz
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Date: 102835
Duration: 7 minutes 53 seconds
Creator: Pedrazzi, Marco, 1959-
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Dab

Description: Recording of John Oswald's Dab.
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Date: 103436
Duration: 8 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Oswald, John, 1953-
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Water Phases

Description: Recording of Satoshi Sumitani's Water Phases.
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Date: [1932..]
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Sumitani, Satoshi, 1932-
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Fantasy in Space

Description: This is another in a series of pieces Luening made by recording himself playing flute, and then while listening on earphones, taped a second flute part over the first, and so forth.
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Date: 1952
Duration: 2 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
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Invention in 12 Notes

Description: Recording of Otto Luening's Invention in 12 Notes.
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Date: 1952
Duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
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Low Speed

Description: The work is made around tape recordings of Luening's improvisations on the flute. The flute recordings were transposed through change of tape playback speed and transformed through "tape recorder feedback".
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Date: 1952
Duration: 3 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
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Orphée 53

Description: Recording of Pierre Schaeffer's Orphée 53.
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Date: 1953
Duration: 6 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Schaeffer, Pierre, 1910-1995
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Rhapsodic Variations

Description: Recording of Otto Luening's Rhapsodic Variations.
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Date: 1953-1954
Duration: 17 minutes 55 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
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Poem in Cycles and Bells

Description: Recording of Otto Luening's Poem in Cycles and Bells.
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Date: 1954
Duration: 14 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
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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.
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Date: 1955
Duration: 2 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
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Ninety nine Generators

Description: Recording of Hugh le Caine's Ninety nine Generators. The title refers to the 99 organ sound generators sensitive keys - a separate generator for each note of the keyboard that can all be operated simultaneously. Le Caine here uses a resonance pedal and a device that can change the pitch to produce a vibrato or long glissandi impossible to achieve on an organ. The particular reverb of this piece is caused by the unusual acoustics of the place where it was realized.
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Date: 1956
Duration: 1 minute 57 seconds
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
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Sonotranjosti

Description: Recording of Bor Turel's Sonotranjosti.
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Date: 1956
Duration: 20 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Turel, Bor
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Invocation

Description: Recording of Hugh Le Caine's Invocation. The piece opens with a trio of three recorded sounds: a glass that is broken with a hammer, a ping-pong ball hitting a racket, and a drop of water. These sounds are the "instruments" used throughout the piece. Drips are configured as fast ascending and descending glissandi. A series of chords is constructed from a sustained movement of glass stamps. The sound of the ping-pong ball - from the left to the right - gradually accelerates. Severe rumbling and sharp joints appears as sudden changes in channels multiply. The introduction of these gestures disrupts the orderly progression of loops and the inclusion of small strips of paper connected to the ribbon which produces rough and jerky sounds further accentuate this breaking effect. Towards the end of the piece, sustained sounds are played out in a chord, but as soon as this effect is installed, the tape slows down and stops, as if someone had unplugged the music player. Then we hear a particularly violent sound of glass breaking.
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Date: 1957
Duration: 2 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
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Etude pour un seul coup de cymbale

Description: Recording of Włodzimierz Kotoński's Etude pour un seul coup de cymbale.
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Date: 1959
Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Kotoński, Włodzimierz
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Gargoyles

Description: Recording of Otto Luening's Gargoyles.
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Date: 1960/1961
Duration: 10 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
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Synthesis

Description: Recording of Otto Luening's Synthesis.
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Date: 1962
Duration: 1 minute 04 seconds
Creator: Luening, Otto, 1900-1996
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Microstructures

Description: Recording of Włodzimierz Kotoński's Microstructures. This piece utilizes sections of fragmented tape to create a montage of sound layers in very dense structures. The composer used the sound of knocking on wood, metal, and glass to form a new sound material and spatialization of sound. These sounds recorded on magnetic tape were cut, melted, and glued randomly into random sequences from which loops of different length were formed and copied onto a layer which finally resulted in this desirable microstructure.
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Date: 1963
Duration: 5 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Kotoński, Włodzimierz
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Voices and Bells

Description: Recording of Myron Schaeffer's Voices and Bells.
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Date: 1963
Duration: 4 minutes 55 seconds
Creator: Schaeffer, Myron
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Voices and Bells

Description: Recording of Myron Schaeffer's Voices and Bells.
Date: 1963
Duration: 4 minutes 55 seconds
Creator: Schaeffer, Myron
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Electronic Compositions (1964-1965)

Description: 1. Lemon Drops: commissioned by Magnavox Corp.; Darmstadt, W. Germany, 3.22.67; Pub. Lingua Press 2. For Harry: (dedicated to Harry Partch); Electronic Music Concert, U. Illinois, 3.10.64 3. Fat Millie's Lament: (dedicated to MF); Electronic Music Concert, University of Illinois, 3.10.64 Pub. Lingua Press 4. The Wasting of Lucrecetzia; Electronic Music Concert, University of Illinois, 1.2.65; Pub. Lingua Press 5. Dante's Joynte; incorporated into Lingua I: Poems & Other Theaters (cf. below for separate listing); Pub. Lingua Press
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Date: [1964,1965]
Duration: 23 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Gaburo, Kenneth
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Combinaisons en cercles

Description: Recording of Octavian Nemescu's Combinaisons en cercles. It is a version at the request of Partita Radicale with a new timbral guise. The work is coceived in three different layers of sound. The surface, representing everyday (diurnal) consciousness, consists of brief and fleeting timbral events almost invariably played forte. A somewhat subdued middle layer provides semiconscious recollections and anticipations of the overall timbral fabric. The deepest layer is made up of complex static sounds, primarily consisting of the vibration of a universal whisper which reveals hidden Nature. This layer of immutable peace, into which all things converge, evokes the nocturnal state of the cosmic unconscious.
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Date: 1965
Duration: 16 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Nemescu, Octavian
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Chants de Maldoror

Description: Recording of Rainer Riehn's Chants de Maldoror.
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Date: 1966
Duration: 17 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Riehn, Rainer
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Contrapuntos

Description: Recording of Lucien Goethals' Contrapuntos
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Date: 1966
Duration: 10 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Goethals, Lucien
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