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Early ElectroMIX: Pauline Oliveros, Thorstein Hauksson, Arne Mellnäs

Nov 30, 2021: 11am - 11:59 am
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Early ElectroMIX #17

Early ElectroMIX is a series to document the history of experimental Electronic music from the 50s to the 80s in hope that these pioneers may not be forgotten.

Arne Mellnäs - Conglomerat (1970 / Sveriges Radio) 00: 00 > 08:00
Arne Mellnäs came from Stockholm, Sweden, and studied with Erland von Koch, Lars-Erik Larsson, Karl-Birger Blomdahl and Bo Wallner. Further at the Hochschule für Musik Berlin with Boris Blacher, with Max Deutsch in Paris, György Ligeti in Vienna, + Electronic music with Gottfried Michael Koenig. He worked at the Tape Music Center in San Francisco in 1964.

Pauline Oliveros - Bog Road (1967 / Pogus) 06:01 > 37:47
Pauline Oliveros was an American composer, performer and author. In the early 1960's, along with Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender, she formed the San Francisco Tape Music Center, and there, began her pioneering work with electronics and tape. In performances, Pauline Oliveros used an accordion which had been re-tuned and the sound altered with the aid of electronics. Throughout the years, she developed the Extended Instrument System (EIS), a sophisticated setup of digital signal processors designed for use in live performances. Examples of her use of the system can be heard on recordings by the Deep Listening Band. Her early electronic works appeared on the recommended Pogus Editions ran by our friend Al Margolis.

Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Altisonans (1967 / Dokumentation Från Elektronmusikstudion) 26:26 > 40:59
Back to Sweden listening to another document from the illustrious Elektronmusikstudion… Karl-Birger Blomdahl was a Swedish composer and conductor. In 1935 he started taking lessons in musical theory and composition from Hilding Rosenberg. Soon he became the informal leader among the circle of friends called the Monday Group (other composers included Claude Loyola Allgén, Sven-Erik Bäck, Sven-Eric Johanson, Hans Leygraf and Ingvar Lidholm) in which new music and new techniques of composition were put under the microscope. They took as their starting point the “neue Sachlichkeit“ of Hindemith’s Unterweisung im Tonsatz. His music later moved towards the Second Viennese School and further marching towards the more experimental domains. During the fifties and sixties, Blomdahl was one of the most influential Swedish composers and music administrators. Apart from his radical work as a composer, he was working as a private composition teacher towards the end of the 1940's, between 1960 and 1964 he was Professor of Composition at the Academy, he was Secretary of the Swedish Section of the ISCM 1947-1956 and Chairman of Fylkingen 1949-1954. After a few years as consultant, he became head of the Music Broadcasting Department of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation in 1965.

Thorstein Hauksson - Sonata (1985/ Iceland Music Information Centre) 38:55 > 01:00
In the mid 90s I was closely following a duo named Panasonic which was offering some reductionist Industrial Music, showing excellency and power. They originated from Finland and thus I started wondering what else was happening there? Much to my surprise I discovered a vivid and interesting scene and going back to some origins appeared the Iceland Music Information Centre documenting Contemporary innovative music. Amidst their catalog appeared that LP whose B Side offers an early composition from Thorsteinn Hauksson, who became a widely performed modern-classical composer of symphonic, instrumental, vocal, ballet and computer works. He studied in instrumental and computer-aided composition at Stanford University and the University of Illinois. Hauksson has been a composer-in-residence or visiting scholar most notably at IRCAM, Paris; the EMS, Stockholm; the Center of Contemporary Music Research (Athens); the Computer Music Studios at the University of Glasgow; Stanford University, California; the Church Music Festival at Skálholt, Iceland; and the Center for Computer Music & Music Technology (CCMMT) at Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo.

Early ElectroMIX is a series documenting the history of experimental electronic music from the 1950s to the 1980s. Featuring composers making use of electronic instruments, test equipment, generators of synthetic signals and sounds, to analog synthesizers, including Delia Derbyshire (The BBC Radiophonic Workshop ), Ilhan Mimaroglu, Alvin Lucier, Brian Eno, Tod Dockstader, Louis and Bebe Barron, Pierre Henry, Kraftwerk, Daphné Oram, György Ligeti, John Cage, David Tudor, Bernard Herrmann, Morton Subotnick, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Max Mathews, Suzanne Ciani, Pauline Oliveros, Priscilla Mc Lean, Hugh Le Caine, Iannis Xenakis, Bruno Maderna, Henri Pousseur, Pril Smiley, Milton Babbitt, Toru Takemitsu, Denis Smalley, Annea Lockwood, Ruth Anderson, Makoto Moroi, Guy Reibel, Joel Chadabe, and countless other luminaries.

"While our sessions document those who make the music today my desire is to transmit some pioneering works which paved the way to what we try to create. Realizing that most of those seminal recordings were not available I decided to archive them in a contemporary way, DJing-mixing them and while most of the time running several sources together or in medleys I made sure to respect the original intent of each composer as I want to transmit their message rather than mine. The only one I would dare deliver being that they should not be forgotten… " — Philippe Petit 


A journalist for various magazines and radio DJ since 1983, as well as a musical activist, [Philippe Petit](www.philippepetit.info) has celebrated more than 35 years of sharing and transmitting his musical passions. Since the early 2000s Petit has served as a « musical travel agent and has been performing the world. Feeling lucky to release on several international labels such as Aagoo, Southern UK, Monotype, Bölt, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, Public Eyesore, Utech, and Staubgold.