Alvin Lucier, February 1966

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Electronic Music CollectionElectronic music, continuing education, Nov. 8

The Robert D. Farber University Archives houses sound recordings of lectures, events, and musical performances held at Brandeis University. 

With funding from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., the University Archives has preserved a collection of pioneering electronic music recordings. These recordings have been reformatted from reel-to-reel tape onto CD. Many of the works were recorded at the former Brandeis Electronic Music Studio and date from the early period of American electronic music (1958-1968). Prominent composers such as Alvin LucierErnst KrenekLuciano Berio, and John Cage were invited to the Brandeis campus to compose and perform their works. Many of the recordings are one of a kind or represent the only known copies of particular versions of compositions, because of the unique improvisional elements they contain.

Brandeis, 1965Recordings from the Electronic Music Collection may be searched in the Brandeis University Libraries' online catalog (OneSearch).  They may also be searched on this website by composer. For every composer, there are links to descriptions of his or her recordings, which may be singular pieces or part of larger musical works.

We have created some clips of performances recorded at Brandeis, which can be sampled below. For more information on the recordings, please contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.

This exhibit was created by Brandeis musicology graduate student Jessica Vincent in 2013 for the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.

Samples (clips)

Brandeis Electronic Music Lab, March 1965

ID #001: "A Concert of New Music" Recorded at Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University, 9 February 1961

André Boucourechliev: "Devise"

Sylvano Bussotti: "Lettura di Braibanti-'Voix di Femme'"

Karlheinz Stockhausen: "Zyklus"

Bruno Maderna: "Musica su due dimensione"

Luciano Berio: "Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)"

Berio: "Sequenza"

Berio: "Circles: based on 3 poems by e. e. cummings"

ID #023: "Music of Yehuda Yannay, Richard Lerman, Lyle Davidson and Alvin Lucier" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, 1 February to 30 April 1965

Yehuda Yannay: "Electronic Study 2-65"

Richard Lerman: "For Two of Them"

Lyle Davidson: Fibonacci Rehearsed"

Alvin Lucier: "Elegy for Albert Anastasia"

ID #027: "Music of Frederic Rzewski" Recorded at Brandeis University, Schwartz Hall, 8 April 1965

Frederic Rzewski: "Music for Two Performers"

ID #028: "Music of Robert Falck, Phil Hughes, Michael Adamis and Anthony J. Gnazzo" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, 1963-1965

Robert Falck: "Sign Posts I"

Phil Hughes: "Complex Sound Situation"

Michael Adamis: "Proschemata"

Anthony J. Gnazzo: "Smoothing Off the Edges..."

ID #029: "Music of Robert Falck" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, 1963-1965

Robert Falck: "Conceptual Motion"

Falck: "Menagerie"

Falck: "Shadows"

Falck: "Sign Posts I"

Falck: "Sign Posts II"

Falck: "Song"

Falck: "Sign Posts III"

ID #034: "Music of Paul Epstein" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, Summer 1965

Paul Epstein: "Tonegroups I"

Epstein: "Tonegroups II"

ID #035: "Music of Alvin Lucier" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, 12 March 1966

Alvin Lucier: "Ping Pong"

ID #041: "Music of Otto Laske" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, January 1967

Otto Laske: "Abgesang"

ID #048: "Music of Jean Eichelberger Ivey" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, 20 April 1965

Jean E. Ivey: "Pinball"

ID #049: "Music of Ernst Krenek" Recorded at Brandeis University Electronic Music Studio, 1 February to 30 May 1965

Ernst Krenek: "Quintona"

Krenek: "Quintona" (electronic version)

ID #140: "Brandeis University Composers" Recorded at Brandeis University, 11 May 1964

Michael Adamis: "Anakyklesis"

Robert Falck: "Preludes"

Anthony Gnazzo and Stephen Greenfield: Computer Music I "Stochata"

ID #175: "Electronic Music Concert" Recorded at Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University, 21 November 1969

Mario Davidovisky: "Sychronisms for Flute and Electronic Sounds"

Christian Wolff: "Pairs"

David Saperstein: "Compositions for Violin and Tape"

John Cage: "Imaginary Landscape No. 4"

David Berhman: "Runthrough"