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Morton Subotnick, February 2007

February 1, 2007Aaron Victorin-VangerudBat of MinervaComments Off

Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre.

The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (133.3 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 53.3 MB).

The work which brought Subotnick celebrity was Silver Apples of the Moon, written in 1967 using the Buchla modular synthesizer. Other important early works include Until Spring (1975) and Two Life Histories (1977), the first piece involving an electronic ghost score. More recently, in 2001, he released Touch, A Sky of Cloudless Sulfur, and Gestures: It Starts with Colors, and, a new composition, The Other Piano, debuted in 2007.

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