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Ineractive Computer Music Discussion MP3

What a difference a quarter century makes. In a radio program from 1973 about electronically mediated art, various experimenters discuss their ambitions. These include cybernetic figure John Lifton, synthesizer developer Don Buchla, and his colleague, Richard Friedman. Also participating is American painter and writer Pamela Zoline. The discussion was moderated by Charles Amirkhanian and is available from archive.org.

Recounts Lifton of an audience’s response to new interactive music projects, “I’ve seen with this last system … people being very suspicious and they stand a few feet away from it and just wiggle the end of one finger slightly to try and test the thing out and see what would happen. Five minutes later you come back and they’d be screaming and dancing all over the floor” (MP3).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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