REAL COMPUTER MUSIC
The biggest secret in '90s new music is that computer generated composition
lives on down the hall from the room full of clunky old tech where Luening,
Babbitt, Ussachevsky, Davidovsky, et al. established the first U.S. Electronic
Music Center in 1959. Brad Garton, internationally active but a prophet
unsung in his own land, directs rebel unit woof, and curates the only
real tape concerts in town.
Though not of one school or aesthetic, woof's renegades agree that computer
music deserves a whole new approach. After three installations at RMS
Spring '93, they've evolved a manner of chatting from the DAT machine.
Their topics include:
Virtual sound. The noise of the bit-stream; the music of the interface.
The computer conspiring in another revolution marked not by a single-minded
aesthetic but rather a range of styles, as diverse as the information
processed daily by Macintoshes and PC's, Sun workstations, custom-built
interactive digital devices and esoteric 'software synthesis' computer-music
languages such as CMIX & CSOUND.
New and favorite works by Garton, Anna Rubin, Paul Lansky, Mara Helmuth,
Doug Chalmers, Jay Hardesty, Roger Reid, Robert Rowe, Alice Shields, Jonathan
Berger, David Jaffe, Kitty Brazelton, John Chowning, Ira Mowitz and others.