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Various Artists

Composers Inside Electronics (from The Kitchen Archives No. 4)


Orange Mountain Music, 2007

The Kitchen and Orange Mountain Music are pleased to announce the release of From The Kitchen Archives No. 4: Composers Inside Electronics. This CD features live concert recordings by Composers Inside Electronics, a pioneering collective of musicians and sound artists centered around David Tudor, who is best-known for his collaborative relationships with composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. The compositions featured on the disc by David Tudor, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Martin Kalve, and Bill Viola were recorded during two series of performances that took place at The Kitchen in 1977 and 1978. Known for creating sound works with the home-built circuitry devices they favored over commercial synthesizers, Composers Inside Electronics would bring together many of these custom-made instruments for each sound installation or performance, often linking them together differently for unique sonic results each time. While electronics were the primary focus, the compositions on this disc also include acoustic sound sources such as a gong, a saw, and an amplified conch shell. The work of Composers Inside Electronics was groundbreaking in its day, yet feels contemporary 30 years later, as so many younger musicians and sound artists look to take on this legacy, exploring both analog and digital music. This project was funded in part with generous grants from The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and The GRAMMY Foundation.