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Composer, performer, instrument-builder, teacher, and writer Gordon Mumma has left an indelible mark on the American contemporary music scene. A prolific composer and a innovative French horn player, Mumma is recognized for integrating advanced electronic processes into musical structures, an approach he termed "Cybersonics." Musicologist Michelle Fillion curates a collection of Mumma's writings, presenting revised versions of his classic pieces as well as many unpublished works from every stage of his storied career. Here, through words and astonishing photos, is Mumma's chronicle of seminal events in the musical world of the twentieth century: his cofounding the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music; his role in organizing the historic ONCE Festivals of Contemporary Music; performances with the Sonic Arts Union; and working alongside John Cage and David Tudor as a composer-musician with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company In addition, Mumma describes his collaborations with composers, performers, dancers, and visual artists ranging from Robert Ashley and Pauline Oliveros to Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Musical Examples
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Christian Wolff
  3. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. Michelle Fillon
  3. pp. xxi-xxvi
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  1. PREAMBLE
  2. Michlle Fillion
  3. pp. xxvii-xxxiv
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  1. PART I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 Music’s Avant-Garde
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  1. 2 Manifestations: Light and Sound
  2. pp. 8-13
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  1. 3 An Electronic Music Studio for the Independent Composer
  2. pp. 14-22
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  1. 4 The ONCE Festival and How It Happened
  2. pp. 23-35
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  1. 5 The ONCE Group’s Unmarked Interchange and Night Train
  2. pp. 36-38
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  1. PART II
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 6 Creative Aspects of Live-Performance Electronic Music Technology
  2. pp. 43-49
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  1. 7 Alvin Lucier’s Music for Solo Performer 1965
  2. pp. 50-53
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  1. 8 Two Cybersonic Works
  2. pp. 54-62
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  1. 9 Music in America 1970
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. 10 A Brief Introduction to the Sound-Modifier Console and Sun(flower) Burst
  2. pp. 65-72
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  1. 11 What We Did Last Summer
  2. pp. 73-78
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  1. 12 Two Decades of Live-Electronic Music, 1950–70
  2. pp. 79-90
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  1. 13 Witchcraft, Cybersonics, and Folkloric Virtuosity
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  1. PART III
  2. pp. 99-104
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  1. 14 A Day on the Road with the Cunningham Dance Company
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. 15 From Where the Circus Went
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  1. 16 Robert Rauschenberg in the Creative Field sof the Cunningham Dance Company
  2. pp. 137-143
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  1. 17 With Tudor the Organist
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  1. 18 David Tudor the Composeralong the Path to Rainforest
  2. pp. 151-156
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  1. PART IV
  2. pp. 157-158
  1. 19 Cage as Performer
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  1. 20 John Cage, Electronic Technology, and Live-Electronic Music
  2. pp. 166-178
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  1. 21 Twenty-Five Minutes with John Cage
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  1. PART V
  2. pp. 193-194
  1. 22 Innovation in Latin American Electro-Acoustical Music
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  1. 23 Briefly about Conlon Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Piano
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  1. 24 Uruguayan Diary
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  1. PART VI
  2. pp. 233-234
  1. 25 Nelson Mix for Gordon Mumma
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  1. 26 Gordon Mumma’s Stovepipe for Richard Nelson
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  1. 27 Good Times Up on the Farm
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  1. 28 Merce and Ludwig
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  1. 29 On the Ives Railroad
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  1. 30 A Visit to Mount Olympus with David Tudor
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  1. 31 On George Cacioppo
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  1. 32 Earle’s Worlds
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  1. Three Sonic Arts Union Sketches
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  1. 33 Speaking Robert Ashley
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  1. 34 Crossings with David Behrman
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  1. 35 Becoming Alvin Lucier
  2. pp. 256-259
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  1. 36 Working with Pauline Oliveros
  2. pp. 260-262
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  1. PART VII
  2. pp. 263-264
  1. 37 Notes on My Creative Procedures
  2. pp. 265-284
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  1. APPENDIX
  2. pp. 285-298
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 299-316
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  1. WORKS CITED
  2. pp. 317-324
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 325-334
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  1. About the Author, Other Works in the Series, Colophon
  2. pp. 335-344
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252097546
MARC Record
OCLC
925283627
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2015-10-31
Language
English
Open Access
No
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