Performances Reviews

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Live electronic music has come a long way since it was the primary subject matter of the “occasional periodical” Source: Music of the Avant-Garde, whose eleven issues were released between 1966 and 1973. As a point of reference, the technology for MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), which uprooted electronic music from the avant-garde elite and dropped it squarely into the center of the pop music domain, was not standardized until 1983. During the years of Source, the closest live electronic music got to the mainstream was in the performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, which performed with an “orchestra” in the pit consisting of John Cage, David Tudor, and Gordon Mumma. All three of these musicians spent much of their time designing and building the equipment that they would then use in performance, creating sonic landscapes against which the dancers would execute their steps.