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Joel Chadabe

Electric Sound

EMFCD085
Release Notes
  • Volume 2 in a CD retrospective by electronic music pioneer Joel Chadabe
  • Music recorded between 1972-1987

Joel Chadabe (born 1938) is a composer, author, NYU professor, and internationally recognized pioneer in the development of interactive music systems. Chadabe: “For me, creating music with electronics has meant exploration, discovery, creativity, research, performance, and sharing knowledge and ideas with others in a new world of sound. My goal is to share those attitudes and activities with students and colleagues into the future.”

“In the 1970s, technology was developing and everyone seemed to be exploring new technologies for music. Roger Meyers, my programming partner, and I began to use PDP-11 minicomputers with Bob Moog’s analog equipment….In 1977, I received a grant and bought the first Synclavier, a digital synthesizer/computer system built by Sydney Alonso and Cameron Jones at New England Digital Corporation. Roger and I began to program it, and I composed Solo, pointing me towards a new way of thinking about composing music. From that time to the present, when people ask me what I do as a composer, I explain that I do not compose pieces, I compose activities. A ‘piece’, whatever its content, is a construction with a beginning and end that exists independent of its listeners and within its own boundaries of time. An ‘activity’ unfolds because of the way people perform; and consequently, an activity happens in the time of living; and art comes closer to life.”