LAURIE SPIEGEL

Obsolete Systems

(Electronic Music Foundation) Used CD $35.00

On this 2001 overview of Spiegel’s electronics works from 1970 to 1983, she utilizes analog synthesizers (Buchla 100, Electrcomp 100), tape, digital synthesis, Echoplex, Bell Labs’ GROOVE Hybrid system, etc. In the composer’s own words: “Each musical instrument, whether electronic or not, implies an aesthetic domain and sensibility unique to its design. These are a few I’ve personally explored. When it was new, each of these music systems, now long obsolete, was state of the art, visionary, radically new and so revolutionary that it required extended explanations in response to common questions such as ‘Why would anyone ever want to do that?’ ”