Lansky is one of the pioneers of computer music, through both early works of computer music and the development of computer music languages and applications.
As he reaches a time in his career when a lot of people would be looking towards retirement, Lansky is shifting his attention away from electronic music.
“I hate to say this, but I think I’m done,” says Mr. Lansky. “Basically I’ve said what I’ve had to say. Here I am, 64, and I find myself at what feels like the beginning of a career. I’m interested in writing for real people at this point.”
“I basically don’t like electronic music,” says Lanksy. “I like to compose it. I’m just not a big fan of it.”
Lansky’s comments and his conversion point out that there’s a boatload of pioneering electronic music that has never found much of an audience.
One of the reasons why is that music that’s etched in stone, like most electronic music, isn’t open to musical interpretation. As a result, it’s fixed to yesterday’s technology and performance, and frequently doesn’t age well.
Or as Lansky put it, “I wanted to be a filmmaker rather than a playwright. “That is, I was interested in creating the finished product rather than in creating scripts for other people to execute.”
Lansky’s late-in-life conversion is a reminder that one of the most important ways music connects to you is through people and performance. Composers that ignore that fact are handicapping themselves.