Coming October 5th, and only in Italian as far as I know, but featuring: Teresa Rampazzi, Bebe Barron, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Pauline Oliveros, Daria Semegen, Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel, Alice Shields, Doris Norton. Couldn't find anything on the web about this other than the blurb that got posted to Facebook last night.
― lord sitar and peter gunz (get bent), Saturday, 8 September 2012 22:12 (8 months ago) Permalink
this is the publisher: http://www.auditoriumedizioni.it/
― lord sitar and peter gunz (get bent), Saturday, 8 September 2012 22:14 (8 months ago) Permalink
don't want to see this thread die, so here are some videos.
― lord sitar and peter gunz (get bent), Sunday, 9 September 2012 19:29 (8 months ago) Permalink
― lord sitar and peter gunz (get bent), Sunday, 9 September 2012 19:31 (8 months ago) Permalink
i really recommend doris norton's raptus -- kind of a midpoint between devo's new traditionalists and maybe early '80s tangerine dream. that seesaw between new wave and new age.
― lord sitar and peter gunz (get bent), Sunday, 9 September 2012 19:46 (8 months ago) Permalink
Would be very interested in theories/explanations regarding electronic music's seemingly uncommonly balanced division of gender amongst its seminal founders and practitioners.
― Stravinsky joins the Zulu nation (zero of the signified), Sunday, 9 September 2012 19:56 (8 months ago) Permalink
enjoying doris norton! the theme does kind of remind me of a TD song from the sorcerer soundtrack, can't say which one since of course i don't know any of the song titles.
― these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Sunday, 9 September 2012 20:09 (8 months ago) Permalink
my best guess is that a lot of these musicians/composers have classical/art school training, and that's a world where there's not so much stigma about being a female player. electronic music is similar to postpunk -- embracing creativity and expression more than tude-for-its-own-sake. not that that 'tude doesn't exist, but it's not the only path you have to take in order to get recognized. i might be totally talking out of my butt here, but that's my take.
― lord sitar and peter gunz (get bent), Sunday, 9 September 2012 20:14 (8 months ago) Permalink
― lord sitar and peter gunz (get bent), Sunday, 9 September 2012 20:25 (8 months ago) Permalink
one of my favorite subjects, precisely because everyone's always asking-complaining about 'where are the women in electronic music' when in fact there was an explosion of female composers from the very beginning of the medium, and the music is astounding and in many cases far more contemporary and listenable and relevant than a lot of the bloopy neo-serialist pointillism that are usually listed as the hallmark works, and it doesn't take all that much work or research to find and hear this music
Clara Rockmore – Vocalise (Rachmaninoff) (recorded 1987)Johanna M. Beyer – Music of the Spheres (1938, recorded 1977)Louis and Bebe Barron – Forbidden Planet / Main Titles, Overture (1956)Daphne Oram – Bird of Parallax (1962-1972)Delia Derbyshire – Dr. Who / Blue Veils and Golden Sands / Zizwh (60′s)Else Marie Pade – Faust and Mephisto (1962)Mirelle Chamass-Kyrou – Etude 1 (1960)Pauline Oliveros – Mnemonics III (1965)Ruth White – Evening Harmony / Sun (1969)Micheline Colulombe Saint-Marcoux – Arksalalartoq (1970-71)Pril Smiley – Koloysa (1970)Alice Shields – Study for Voice and Tape (1968)Daria Semegen – Spectra (Electronic Composition No. 2) (1979)Annette Peacock – I’m The One (1972)Wendy Carlos – Timesteps (1972)Ruth Anderson – DUMP (1970)Priscilla McLean – Night Images (1973)Laurie Spiegel – Sediment (1972)Eliane Radigue – Adnos III (1980)Maggi Payne – Spirals (1977)Maryanne Amacher – Living Sound Patent Pending: Music Gallery, Toronto, 26 Feb 1982
Coming in part 2:Cathy Berbarian, Maddalena Fagandini, Annea Lockwood, Joan LaBarbara, Beatriz Ferreyra, Michele Bokanowski, Laurie Anderson, Hildegard Westerkamp, Jacqueline Nova, Tera de Marez Oyens, Beverly Grigsby, Emma Lou Diemer, Ann McMillan, Jean Eichelberger Ivey, Sorrel (Doris) Hays, Barbara Kolb, Megan Roberts, Monique Rollin, Mireille Chamass-Kyrou, Suzanne Ciani, Jocy de Oliveira, Laetitia Sonami, and more
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:13 (8 months ago) Permalink
this is far closer to the point, but basically: it always took a certain personality type to be a composer; essentially you're telling everyone else what to do, from telling the musicians the dynamic indications of every note they're to play, to telling everyone in the audience what to feel. to get your pieces performed took a certain set of skills that typically skewed in a gendered way. from the beginning, when recordings replaced sheet music as the site of the composition, and electronic instruments allowed for one person to create a new orchestra, composers could finally complete and hear a finished work on their own terms without having to climb to the top of an institution and tell huge groups of people what to do, and suddenly, bang, a huge expansion in the number of female composers (few people mention this, but the very first piece of electronic music composed in the United States: 'Heavenly Menagerie' by Louis and Bebe Barron, 1949-1951ish)
of course, the female composers were less pushy: Else Marie Pade is one of my favorite examples of someone who was just as well known by her peers like Cage Berio Stockhausen Maderna etc but simply wasn't as good as self-promotion (or, to put it frankly, as much of a blowhard), and so it is taking her music longer to get out. but these unassuming qualities are also present in the music; while all the guys were busy writing densely edited pieces pushing the twitch-per-second ratio higher, many of these pieces were exploring deep-listening drones, some 20-30 years before 'ambient' became a term -- not to gender-essentialize too much in the other direction. while any composer would be allergic to be lumped in with each other merely because of sharing a gender, the reason to listen to early electronic by women is because it is different
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:29 (8 months ago) Permalink
& I will also say this: die schactel has been ruling it on the archival front in this area the last year
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:35 (8 months ago) Permalink
Huge thanks for this, Mr. Parker. (And thx for a truly fabulous gig last week!)
― Stravinsky joins the Zulu nation (zero of the signified), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:36 (8 months ago) Permalink
sorry: die schachtel
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:36 (8 months ago) Permalink
laurie spiegel tweeted a link to this thread! she says she hears there will be an english version of the book.
― Psy Psperling (get bent), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 17:53 (8 months ago) Permalink
― Milton Parker, Monday, 8 October 2012 22:00 (7 months ago) Permalink
i saw that earlier! i'm glad the book is coming out because there's so much more to be said about these women than can be conveyed in breezy listicle form. also, as commenters pointed out, no doris norton, eliane radigue, etc.
― sriracha bishop (get bent), Monday, 8 October 2012 22:05 (7 months ago) Permalink
seeing how much I usually hate top 10 listicles, I was kind of happy about this one
sort of can't believe there aren't more books on the subject. I have these two -- haven't read the first one yet, the second is packed with great interviews
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner - Women Composers And Music Technology in the United States: Crossing the Line (2006)http://www.amazon.com/Women-Composers-Technology-United-States/dp/0754604616
Tara Rodgers - Pink Noises - Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010)http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Noises-Women-Electronic-Music/dp/0822346737/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349734823
― Milton Parker, Monday, 8 October 2012 22:25 (7 months ago) Permalink
― Terabytes of FLACS of screaming (Call the Cops), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:03 (7 months ago) Permalink
― Milton Parker, Monday, 26 November 2012 01:48 (5 months ago) Permalink
So close! I chipped in a hundred, I really hope this gets made
― Milton Parker, Saturday, 16 March 2013 03:16 (2 months ago) Permalink
Any Italian ILXOrs who've read this? Assuming its not out in English..
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 16 March 2013 09:48 (2 months ago) Permalink
of course, the female composers were less pushy: Else Marie Pade is one of my favorite examples of someone who was just as well known by her peers like Cage Berio Stockhausen Maderna etc but simply wasn't as good as self-promotion (or, to put it frankly, as much of a blowhard), and so it is taking her music longer to get out. but these unassuming qualities are also present in the music;
That doesn't scan to me...most electronic music was a 'failure' in the classical hall unless you wrote it alongside music for acoustic instruments. Then there were other opportunities offered by radio stations, TV, cinema, dance so why bother w/the daily grind of making contacts, not least because so much time had to be spent in the bunkers making this stuff.
They may be 'unassuming' but of course you achieve just as much if not more control with an electronic piece than you would with a serial piece to be played by a human being. If anything this stuff explodes a lot of myths about male and female musis being different. You'd be hard pressed to come up w/concrete sensibilities that are expressed through gender.
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 16 March 2013 10:00 (2 months ago) Permalink