Morton Subotnick’s Silver Apples of the Moon Performance Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

By now, we’re used to what are known as “historically informed performances” of early music, which seek to revive the instruments and styles that audiences in, say, the Baroque era would have known.

The most historically informed way to present Morton Subotnick’s “Silver Apples of the Moon,” a milestone work of electronic music from 1967, would be to play a pristine copy of its original LP recording on a top-notch stereo system for a small group of people. Mr. Subotnick conceived the work as a recording, though it was introduced at a downtown New York discothèque, where many in the crowd could not resist dancing when the music turned throbbing.