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A rerelease of composer and computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel's 1980 debut album, with 15 additional tracks that were almost all previously unreleased, and which demonstrate emotional richness and complex rhythms.

Spiegel, Laurie
The Expanding Universe [2 CDs]

Spiegel, Laurie:  The Expanding Universe [2 CDs]

Label: Unseen Worlds    
Released in: USA    

"The Expanding Universe is the classic 1980 debut album by composer and computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel. The album is reissued here for the first time in a massively expanded two-CD set, containing all four original album tracks plus an additional 15 tracks from the same period, nearly all previously unreleased. Some of the already well-know works included in this set are 'Patchwork', the complete 'Appalachian Grove' series, and 'Kepler's Harmony of the Worlds', which was included on the golden record launched on board the Voyager spacecraft. The pieces comprising The Expanding Universe combine slowly evolving textures with the emotional richness of intricate counterpoint, harmony, and complex rhythms (John Fahey and J. S. Bach are both cited as major influences in the original cover's notes), all built of electronic sounds. These works, often grouped with those of Terry Riley, Phil Glass, Steve Reich, differ in their much shorter, clear forms. Composed and realized between 1974 and 1977 on the GROOVE system developed by Max Mathews and F.R. Moore at Bell Laboratories, the pieces on this album were far ahead of their time both in musical content and in how they were made. Each of the included works broke new ground, pioneering completely new methods of live interaction with computer-based logic - ways of creating music that are now reaching the heights of their popularity with Ableton Live, Max/MSP and other interactive music software entering mainstream music production. The package also includes an extensive 24-page booklet with notes by Laurie Spiegel and period photos."-Unseen Worlds

Also available on vinyl LP.

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Product Information:

UPC: 728028212877

Label: Unseen Worlds
Catalog ID: UW 009CD
Squidco Product Code: 16692

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: 2 CDs in a single Jewel tray
Recorded on various dates in the 1970's.


Laurie Spiegel-electronics, computer

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Patchwork 9:47

2. Old Wave 6:54

3. Pentachrome 7:19

4. A Folk Study 2:04

5. Drums 7:09

6. Appalachian Grove I 5:23

7. Appalachian Grove II 7:57

8. Appalachian Grove III 3:14

9. The Expanding Universe 28:29

CD 2

1. East River Dawn 14:17

2. The Unquestioned Answer 6:31

3. The Orient Express 10:03

4. Clockworks 5:23

5. Dirge Part I 2:21

6. Dirge Part II 2:31

7. Music For Dance Part I 8:38

8. Music For Dance Part II 6:20

9. Kepler's Harmony Of The Worlds 10:40

10. Wandering In Our Times 11:45

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