“Make It New”: Fall 1968 to 1972

Renée Levine Packer

in This Life of Sounds

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730773
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863532 | DOI:
“Make It New”: Fall 1968 to 1972

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This chapter explores the rise of technology as a tool for music making. Billy Kluver founds Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT). With the end of the Rockefeller Foundation funds, the Center experiences financial strain, and there is political maneuvering at the university. Lejaren Hiller comes to Buffalo as Slee Professor in the music department and assumes codirectorship of the Center with Lukas Foss. Hiller, a pioneer in computer music, brings a new emphasis on the use of technology and theater to the Center. Inventor Robert Moog visits often. Political turmoil invades the campus. Composer-pianist Julius Eastman appears on the scene and performs Peter Maxwell Davies' “Eight Songs For A Mad King” to universal acclaim.

Keywords: Lejaren Hiller; Lukas Foss; Robert Moog; Julius Eastman; technology as tool

Chapter.  13873 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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