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Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center 1961-1973
Bulent Arel, Charles Dodge, Ingram Marshall
Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center 1961-1973
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
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All Artists: Bulent Arel, Charles Dodge, Ingram Marshall, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Daria Semegen, Alice Shields
Title: Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center 1961-1973
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: New World Records
Release Date: 5/26/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
Styles: Instruments, Electronic, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 037628051343, 093228052128

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Glad I listened
John R. Hodgkinson | 02/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"OK, first off, these folks are writing art music, not pop. In fact, they're the folks who brought you "Who Cares If You Listen?" So it's their job not to sound dated, quaint, or collectible, even 30 years (and thousands of Dr. Sample units) later. How well did they do? Well, the effect on a dance music-drenched listener like me is kinda like sensory deprivation but more fun. The reptile in my hindbrain hears the electronic tones and expects prominent beat, lots of repetition, and a climactic hook or two. When it fails to get what it expects it zones out, and lets me concentrate on more abstruse things like musical structure, drama, emotion, you know, all the edifying stuff. All the tracks (sorry, compositions) have that Columbia-Princeton "sound" - sort of a silky, bubbly deluge of myriads of hand-spliced tape snippets and oscillator callibrations. You get the feeling there's a lot of complexity behind the scenes. Despite risk of extra-musical contamination, it's hard to resist looking in the back of the book to find out how they made these pieces. My favorites follow, your mileage may vary. Charles Dodge's "The Earth's Magnetic Field" features geomagnetic data converted to pitches and sent through a comb filter (a.k.a. flanger with LFO turned off - think Skysaw). "Cortez" by Ingram Marshall is one of those "see how far you can get with one sample" exercises, in this case the syllable "Oh". I like the way things suddenly sweep into focus when the context is revealed. "Out Of Into" by Bulent Arel and Daria Semegen is the soundtrack to an animation, full of fun melodic lines and evocative, dancing timbres. Even my inner reptile liked it."