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New Electronic Music From The Leaders Of The Avant-Garde
Japanese-only reissue of this historic compilation, originally issued by Columbia in 1967. First time on CD. Includes one piece each by John Cage, Milton Babbitt and Henri Pousseur. Reproduction of original Richard Teitelbaum liner notes included. Features: Cage: "Variations II (1961); Babbitt: "Ensembles for Synthesizer" (1962-64); Pousseur: "Trois Visages de Liege (1961). Cage's "Variations II" is an indeterminate composition for any number of players, by any sound producing means; here David Tudor performs on amplified piano. Teitelbaum: "Freed from the conventional restraints of system, style or the control of the rational faculty, this music participates (in Cage's words) in 'disorganization and a state of mind which in Zen is called no-mindedness.' The listener, similarly liberated, is offered an experience that is hallucinatory, spaced out and very beautiful." Babbitt's "Ensembles for Synthesizer" is classic 60's electronic blatter, referred to as Speed Music with "pitch successions frequently moving at rates approaching or surpassing thresholds of human perception." Pousseur's "Trois Visages" is his most significant electronic work, taking off w/ children's rhymes into pure electronic streams.