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Laurie Spiegel

Obsolete systems

Label: Electronic Music Foundation

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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finally restocked: 2001 release. An overview of Laurie Spiegel's electronics works, ranging from 1970 to 1983. Utilizing analog synthesizers (Buchla 100, Electrcomp 100), tape, digital synthesis, Echoplex, Bell Labs' GROOVE Hybrid system, etc. Comparable to classic 70s-era Schnitzler streaming, this is a very memorable document of this obscure composer's best works. "Laurie Spiegel, electronic music pioneer, has been working with cutting-edge electronic instruments since the 1970s. She has written software, designed systems, and explored most of the early synthesizers. And she is also a wonderful composer! And the music on this CD is so talented, beautiful, and fascinating that it becomes a stunning demonstration of how musical and humanly expressive technology can be. The CD also demonstrates relationships between instruments and the music that can be composed for them. Spiegel writes: 'Each musical instrument, whether electronic or not, implies an aesthetic domain and sensibility unique to its design ... These are a few I've personally explored. When it was new, each of these music systems, now long obsolete, was state of the art, visionary, radically new and so revolutionary that it required extended explanations in response to common questions such as 'Why would anyone ever want to do that?''"


"Swells" (1972), Electrocomp 100 modular analog synthesizer
"Mines" (1971), Modular analog synthesizer, built by Don Buchla, mid-1960s
"Crying Tone" (1975), Electrocomp 100 modular analog synthesizer
"A Garden" (1970), Buchla 100 modular analog synthesizer with tape delay
"Improvisation on a "Concerto Generator" " (1977), Realtime digital audio synthesizer by Hal Alles et al, Bell Labs
"A Harmonic Algorithm" (1981 version), Apple II computer with Mountain Hardware oscillator boards.
"Three Modal Pieces" (1983)
"Immersion" (1983) McLeyvier computer-controlled analog synthesis music system
"Drums" (1975), GROOVE Hybrid System at Bell Labs
"Voices Within: A Requiem" (1979), Electrocomp with classic tape techniques & Echoplex.

Details
Cat. number: EMFCD019
Year: 2006