Introduction: Experimental Music in Buffalo

Renée Levine Packer

in This Life of Sounds

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730773
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863532 | DOI:
Introduction: Experimental Music in Buffalo

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The introduction traces the genesis of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts as a forum to remedy the growing disparity that existed between what musicians learned in the conservatories and the new compositional techniques and ideas being employed by composers including improvisation, chance processes, theater pieces, sound installations, mixed media, and electronic and computer music. It presents an overview of contemporary music groups in existence in the early 1960s and notes the changing nature of experimental art making. Lastly, Buffalo's tradition of embracing challenge and innovation is outlined.

Keywords: Buffalo; contemporary music groups; improvisation; chance processes; theater pieces; sound installations; mixed media; electronic and computer music

Chapter.  3004 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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