Electronic and Computer Music Archaeology in this case means going back to a piece that was realized many, and sometimes not too many, years ago and re-doing, performing it, or transforming it in some way. Below are some examples and I’ll put more up as they become available, explaining the process undergone in working on them. In general however, this line of work addresses the issue of how media fast becomes obsolete and confronts us with the ethical questions of how to approach an electronic or computer work as a performer when the composer is or is not present. Finally, I am trying to make available the files for these pieces so that they become performable again.

Déserts Interpolations, 1950-4 – Edgard Varèse – Spatialization strategies form the original Columbia stereo version.

Cartridge Music, 1960 – John Cage – Performance and new software for score generation.

Con Luigi Dallapicolla, 1979 – Luigi Nono – Simple patch to perform the percussion piece.

Less Than Two, 1979 – Roger Reynolds – Recreation of the score from sonograms of the original.

La Coupure, 1989-2000 – James Dillon – Remaking of the audio patch originally developed at IRCAM in collaboration with William Brent, and with video by Ross Karre.

Shekeré, 2001, Javier Alvarez, Making a Patch in Pure Data.


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