In Conversation

Morton Subotnick

Episode Summary

On the heels of the 50th anniversary of his album, Silver Apples of the Moon, Morton Subotnick came to LA to perform two celebratory shows at CalArts. He sat down with Katie Gately at the dublab Studio to talk about this legendary electronic album, his current performance practice, and the history behind his groundbreaking compositional approach. Subotnick also touched upon his storied collaborations with the electronic music innovators, Don Buchla, Ramon Sender, and the members of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

Episode Notes

Morton Subotnick In Conversation with Katie Gately

On the heels of the 50th anniversary of his album, Silver Apples of the Moon, Morton Subotnick came to LA to perform two celebratory shows at CalArts. He sat down with Katie Gately at the dublab Studio to talk about this legendary electronic album, his current performance practice, and the history behind his groundbreaking compositional approach. Subotnick also touched upon his storied collaborations with the electronic music innovators, Don Buchla, Ramon Sender, and the members of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

Morton Subotnick is a pioneer in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre. His work, Silver Apples of the Moon, has become a modern classic and was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded Works at the Library of Congress.

“First you make the machine, then the machine makes you”
-Marshall McCluhan

In Conversation is produced by dublab. Sound editing and music are by Matteah Baim. Due to rights reasons music from the original broadcast has been removed. To hear more, please visit dublab.com.