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Schaeffer, Boguslaw : Travel Notes (Bolt)

Several compostions by Polish composer Boguslaw Schaeffer developed in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio from 1966-1978, including works for tape, electronic computer, voice, a quadraphonic generator, the SynLab synthesizer, composed using both graphic and notated scores, and realized with incredibly detailed layering and development of the material.

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Includes a 16 page booklet with text in Polish and English.

Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR 1042
Squidco Product Code: 25246

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ 16 page booklet
Recorded at various times in various places.


Boguslaw Schaeffer-composer, performer

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"Composer, musicologist, graphic artist and professor. He has more than 550 musical works to his credit, across 23 different musical genres, and his 44 plays have been translated into 17 languages. His works have been performed to great acclaim at home and abroad. Born on the 6th of June 1929 in Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine).

Many may consider Schaeffer a controversial figure in contemporary music for his experimental approach to both music and musical notation. He pioneered a unique creative path, exploring new areas of music while spreading his reach into drama, graphic design and other disciplines. It comes as no surprise that the visual aspects of musical notation are among his chief concerns, inspired by varied artistic practices including collage, surrealism and performance-art techniques.

Schaeffer's unconventional, interdisciplinary style centers on a view of music as a construct with many layers of structure, threads, languages and expression, with varying paces and plot devices. His musical mind inspires his ways of constructing theatre pieces - and vice-versa. His innovations in contemporary music include musical scores without notes, scores that use other forms of notation such as diagrams, typescript, decomposition, emotivographs, assemblages and collages, giving way to such concepts as automatic music, idiomatic music, algorithmic music, open symbol music, super-parametric music, theatrical ideas, music based on philosophical ideas, music with text functioning as acoustic material, music of varied instrumentation, action music and conceptual music.

As he explained in the programme of the 1999 Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music,

I try to transfer my experiences as a composer to the stage, I like to experiment as well - my play has been translated and performed in five languages around the world simultaneously. In 1998, I received the Alfred Jurzykowski Award in New York. In May 1999, the International Academic Symposium, organised by the Jagiellonian University, was dedicated to my work as composer, playwright and graphic artist; as part of the Symposium, there were also performances of my plays and a concert of my works.


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track listing:

1. Music For Tape (Warsaw/Belgrade, 1973) 9:28

2. Theme: Electronic Music (Warsaw/Stockholm, 1978) 12:08

3. Synthistory (Belgrade, 1973) 13:20

4. Poetries (Cracow, 1978) 13:31

5. Cantata: Electronic Music (Berlin, 1979) I 6:09

6. Cantata: Electronic Music (Berlin, 1979) II 3:27

7. Cantata: Electronic Music (Berlin, 1979) III 3:12

8. Cantata: Electronic Music (Berlin, 1979) IV 6:26
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"Most of Boguslaw Schaeffer's electroacustic works emerged in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. Among the works produced there in the years 1966-1978 were 15 autonomous compositions, 6 illustrations for the film and 11 works for the theatre and outdoor spectacle. The "Travel NotesÓ album assembles 5 out of 10 works created by Schaeffer outside Warsaw (in Berlin, Belgrae and Stockholm among others) in the exceptionally fertile eighth decade of the 20th century."-Bolt

Includes a 16 page booklet with text in Polish and English.
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