Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lecture 6: Music and Digital Culture, Maxine Armstrong

Prof. Andrew Hugill
Mandy has summarised the lecture so here are a few more details about some of the composers mentioned.

Edgard Varèse (1883 – 1965)

Born in France, invented the term “organised sound”.

He was very influential and a leading pioneer of electronic music.

'Poeme électronique' (1957-8) was composed for the Philips Pavilion at the Universal Exposition. Loudspeakers were placed throughout a walk-through installation. Some sounds were recorded, whilst others were from electronic instruments.


Anton Webern (1883 – 1945)

Austrian composer and conductor

'Concerto for 9 Instruments' (1943)

Twelve-tone method – serialism.



Pierre Boulez (born 1925)

French composer and conductor

Student of Olivier Messiaen

History is Dead

Wanted to remove all repetition. Thought music traditions were irrelevant to the new language.

‘Structures’uses serialism.

Composed ‘Répons’ (1980-84) at IRCAM – a research institute where computer scientists and music technologists study electronic music.

To be continued ...

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