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Aux lampions

Description: Recording of Bertand Dubedout's "Aux lampions" ("To the lanterns"). Lampions are small oil lamps, formerly popular as a carriage light. It is a concrete piece in three movements: "Bal convexe" ("Convex ball"), "Le cocher" ("The coachman"), and "Sous les planches" ("Under the boards"). For writers like Bulgakov, Gogol, and Chekhov, the ball scene is often a story of action, tragedy, or desperation; the ball can ruin an existence or bring hope. Delight, delusion, and loneliness are the multiple stigmata of the ball. The sound materials of the piece are all concrete sounds that are based on reality. The sound forms escape any precedence, combining to create images of incongruous weddings like in an agitated dream.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Dubedout, Bertrand
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Are we?

Description: Recording of Þorsteinn Hauksson's Are we? performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Fabrice Pierre. The piece if for two trumpets, two trombones, two percussionists, and tape. The message of the piece of music is unstated by the composer, but he says "music of the Muses can express it in a much clearer way" than spoken or written words.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Þorsteinn Hauksson
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Balthasar's Traum

Description: Recording of Frank Corcoran's "Balthasar's Traum" performed at the Electronic Studio of the Berlin Technical University in close cooperation with Folkmar Hein. The work is based on an idea of a short story by Jorge Luis Borge and the Gospel of St. Mark about Balthasar Espinosa, a man who becomes involved with the Gutres people of Pampa and eventually dies by being hanged on a cross by the same people with whom he was so fascinated. It takes place in the great plains of the Pampa where Baltasar Espinosa is invited to his friend's ranch. To escape the monotony of continuous rain, he begins every night to read aloud to the fascinated Gutres people. They ask for him to reread the Gospel of St. Mark. Mysterious things begin happening during the dark days -- Baltasar cures an animal through 20th century means, something the Gutres have never seen before. The rain eventually stops. That night a virgin Gutre girl visits Baltasar's bed. The next day, he reads the Gospel to the Gutres for the last time. They then ask Baltasar, who is not a believer, if even those who crucified the Savior can receive salvation. They ask for his blessing, then they violently push him into a corner where they beat him and spit on him. Baltasar then sees the cross that has been prepared for him. The work is described not as a program work, but rather a sound correlation of scenes from history.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Corcoran, Frank
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Aw/wW

Description: Recording of Miloš Petrović's Aw/wW ("Anton with-without Webern") for tape, interpreted by Ruža Petrović, Paul Pignon, and Miloš Petrović. Petrović uses the sound and structure in Anton Webern's works as a way of broadening the sound media in his own work. He places this work in a space defined by primal elements of different media, which allows for a greater number of operations on the speech-gesture relationship, while contributing to the cohesiveness of the result. Magnetic tape-transfected parts of Webern's composition, purely electroacoustic segments and short quotes from the composer's work. The tape was made in the electronic studio pf Belgrade Radio-Television. The work was written and presented first in 1981.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Petrović, Miloš, 1952-2010
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Blendings

Description: Recording of Clifford Taylor's "Blendings" performed by Clifford Taylor, clarinet. The piece focuses primarily on combining various registral sounds of the clarinet with synthesized sounds of a variety of timbres.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Taylor, Clifford
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Blueberry

Description: Recording of Gabriel Poulard's Blueberry for tape. The title refers to the name of a cartoon character. The piece was realized at Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB).
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Date: 1981
Creator: Poulard, Gabriel
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6 electronic preludes

Description: Recording of Bohdan Mazurek's 6 electronic preludes for tape.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Mazurek, Bohdan
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Scythia

Description: Recording of Stephen Montague's Scythia for electronic tape. Scythia was a region of Central Eurasia in classical antiquity encompassing parts of Eastern Europe east of the Vistula River and Central Asia, with the eastern edges of the region vaguely defined by the Greeks. It was thought of as the great land of education. It was also the place where Prometheus gave fire to man and where he was confined to be tortured by the gods for this. Every day an eagle came and tore out his liver and every day he endured.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Montague/Mead Piano Plus
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Reszere

Description: Recording of László Dubrovay's Reszere for percussion and tape.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Dubrovay, László, 1943-
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Sashasonjon

Description: Recording of Jon Appleton's Sashasonjon for synthesizer. In memorium Alexander Walden (26 December 1896-4 February 1981).
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Date: 1981
Creator: Appleton, Jon H., 1939-
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Variations on a theme by Davidovsky

Description: Recording of Arthur Kreiger's "Variations on a theme by Davidovsky" for tape. It uses the first 10 measures of Nario Davidovsky's "Synchronisms no. 6 for piano and electronic sounds" (1970) as a thematic subject. The theme appears orchestrated for tape alone approximately 45 seconds into the composition. It is preceded by a short introduction and is followed by a series of variations. These variations differ widely and explore an extensive palette of electronic sounds. The present version is a two-track reduction of a four-track original.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Kreiger, Arthur, 1945-
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L'imminence de la lumière

Description: Recording of Daniel Arfib's "L'imminence de la lumière" ("The imminence of light"). It is one of the several pieces of computer music Arfib created as a researcher and composer.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Arfib, Daniel
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A Walk through the City

Description: Recording of Hildegard Westerkamp's A Walk through the City performed by Norbert Ruebsaat, speaker. The piece is for two electroacoustic sound tracks. The poetry was written by Norbert Ruebsaat. the piece is an urban environmental composition based on Ruebsaat's poem. It takes the listener into a specific urban location - Vancouver B.C.'s Skid Row area - with its sounds and languages. Traffic, carhorns, breaks, sirens, aircraft, construction, pinball machines, the throb of trains, human voices, and poetry are its "musical instruments." These sounds are used partly as they occur in reality and partly as sound objects altered in the studio. A continuous flux is created between the real and imaginary soundscapes, between recognizable and transformed places, between reality and composition. The poem is spoken by the author and appears throughout the piece, symbolizing the human presence in the urban soundscape. Its voice interacts with, comments on, dramatizes, struggles with the sounds and other voices it encounters in the piece. "A Walk Through the City" was composed at the Sonic Research Studio at Simon Fraser University and, in its final stage, at the CBC studios in Vancouver, with the technical assistance of Gary Heald. Many of the sounds were taken from the World Soundscape Project's environmental tape collection at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, including two of the street oldtimers, recorded by Howard Broomfield. Some were recorded by Westerkamp herself. The piece was commissioned by and first broadcast on CBC Radio's "Two New Hours."
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Date: 1981
Creator: Westerkamp, Hildegard, 1946-
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Tremola impressao

Description: Recording of Rodolfo Caesar's Tremola impressao. This piece is a mix of disparate languages: instrumental music, sounds of nature and electroacoustic music, resulting in a different kind of electroacoustic music. The material originates from earlier works, not always Caesar's, but manipulated to make it different. He tried to make useful the sounds that were condemned trash; without any comparison with "Fontana Mix" by John Cage
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Date: 1981
Creator: Caesar, Rodolfo, 1950-
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Troisième doxologie Saint Sébastien

Description: Recording of Frank Royon Le Mée's "Troisième doxologie Saint Sébastien" ("Third Doxology Saint Sebastian"). The piece is an electronic postlude in three stanzas.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Royon Le Mée, Frank, 1953-1993
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Voices from Purgatory

Description: Recording of Stephen Perry's Voices from Purgatory. The work is an amalgam of a variety of treatments of the human voice. In particular, extensive use is made of layered montages of material generated by means of the voltage controlled filter. Stephen Perry is also a graduate of Queen's University in Electrical Engineering.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Perry, Stephen
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Ludi Spaziali (per piano-forte e nastro)

Description: Recording of Ivan Patachich's Ludi Spaziali for piano and tape performed by Erzsébet Tusa (piano) and sound engineered by Peter Winkler at the studio of the Hungarian Radio. The purpose of the piece was to widen the sound and technical possibilities of the piano through means of electro-acoustics by modulations of piano sounds and by synthetic sounds and spatial movements.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Patachich, Iván
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Madrigal

Description: Recording of Zoltán Pongrácz's Madrigal for tape. The aim of the composer was to create a madrigal, one of the most aristocratic of the choral genres of the Renaissance, through electronic means. He uses the characteristics of the Italian madrigal as an element of the musical color to create effects of the Gothic choral music. The raw material is based only on the recitation of the sonnet, as well as on sounds sung at various frequencies by the choir. Pongrácz also calls this work a concerto, but not in the traditional understanding of the genre, particularly in the case of the conception and the formal structure; he calls it such because of the contrast between the cymbalum and the spectra of the oscillators. Madrigal was realized at the Studio for Electronic Music of the Hungarian Radio in Budapest.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Pongrácz, Zoltán
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Music for two flutes and tape

Description: Recording of Joe Davidow's "Music for two flutes and tape." All of the sound material for the tape was originally played on the flute. The studio processing has has the aim of enhancing the inner harmonics and enriching the more obscure instrument sounds, bringing them to the forefront in inter-structural relation to the two live flutes. Breath, which is the original source of all the sound in the work, is itself an intricate part of the sound color relationship, together forming a structure of interweaving live and processed flutes, counter posing the real and surreal.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Davidow, Joe
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Nazca Liftoff et Time Arroyo

Description: Recording of David Rosenboom's "Nazca liftoff et Time Arroyo." David Rosenboom: Nazca Liftoff and Time Arroyo. Nazca Liftoff and Time Arroyo are two sections of a series of seven pieces composed for the album, "Voyage Futur." These are two examples of what the author calls "high performance." These pieces are completely based on algorithms. Direct actions to the computer have the effect of directing the algorithm process to crucial branches and selecting sets of musical materials and / or relationships with what the program performs. All sounds are created by the author with "Key" controlled by computer with digital sound generation and "Patch-IV".
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Date: 1981
Creator: Rosenboom, David
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Maa'ts

Description: Recording of Bogusław Schäffer's Maa'ts for tape (4-lane). The composition if a collage for voices and electronics. The choir sings in harmonically exact microcompositions.The piece was produced in February 1981 in the studio of the Technical University Berlin.
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Date: February 1981
Creator: Schäffer, Bogusław
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kristallisation I

Description: Recording of Klaus Röder's kristallisation I. The material of this piece are tape recordings of triads played with the guitar. 26 tape loops contented 4 triads each on 4 different channels. The pitches were chosen such as to build a cluster with the extent of one octave by simultaneous reproduction of all 4 channels of one loop. The loops differed in pitch and were arranged in chromatic order so that the 'lowest' loop extended from E1 to Dis1 and the 'highest' one from E1 to Dis2. Then from the tape loops special parts were copied to another tape in a fixed order. By taking either the front or the back part of a tape loop variations in tone color and volume could be made ( loud, clear, hard-swinging: font of the loop; silent, dark, smooth-swinging: back of the loop). The copied parts were cut into pieces according to their duration of tone and then they were put together again. Sequence, color and duration of the tones were provided by the score. Tone color and duration change from tone to tone so that there is a fluctuating impression.The whole tape consists of several thousands of cut pieces that were stuck together. There is a crystallization of structures which results from the repetition (forwards and backwards) of special parts by which they are made clear.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Röder, Klaus, 1948-
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Targeting

Description: Recording of Henry Kucharzyk's Targeting for tape. The piece is based on the composers personal observations of the presidential campaign.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Kucharzyk, Henry
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La Tête d'Orphée II

Description: Recording of Elżbieta Sikora's La Tête d'Orphée II. the piece is based on the story of Orpheus returning from hell to find Euridice. Commissioned by the Experimental Studio at the Polish Radio in Warsaw in 1981 and was composed in the same studio with the technical collaboration of Barbara Okon-Makowska. It was premiered during the "Warsaw Autumn" festival in September 1981.
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Date: 1981
Creator: Sikora, Elżbieta, 1943-
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