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Tod Dockstader & David Lee Myers - Assembly

Two Moons of Quartermass: II. Second Moon
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Two Moons of Quartermass: II. Second Moon

Tod Dockstader : Two Moons of Quartermass: II. Second Moon

Dockstader on Dockstader :

I don’t remember just when I first heard musique concrète; it must have been in the early 50s. I think I liked the idea of it more than the Toonerville-Trolley sound of the early pieces. In Pierre Schaeffer’s original definition, it meant working with the sound in your ears, directly with the sound, as opposed to “abstract” music in which the sounds are written. Like Schaeffer, a working sound engineer, I had the training to be a “worker in rhythms, frequencies and intensities.” As a non-musician, I couldn’t write music, but this “new art of sound” didn’t need notation. In the beginning, musique concrète wasn’t even agreed upon to be music; Schaeffer’s first presentation of his work was called “a concert of noises.”

As I went, the sound got easier but the organization got harder, and I entered into a struggle I hadn’t anticipated. John Cage (in Silence) tells of the effort it took him to overcome his musical training and become a Listener to sound again. There came a struggle to resist forcing the sounds too far into Music and away from a true art of sound, This, I think, is the continuing struggle in electronic music of all kinds. It’s very hard to stay a Listener.
—  Tod Dockstader
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Tod Dockstader - Pond Dance

1979

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