Electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick is featured in a new interview, by disquiet’s Marc Weidenbaum.
In the interview, he talks about why he gave up on the clarinet and switched to electronics, and shared this interesting story that explains how his electronic music has been driven by his imagination:
When my mother died, I got some boxes of old stuff and I found an essay I had written, I think, in high school.
It was a short story that described a time in the future when I came into a concert when they were doing a late Beethoven string quartet. The four musicians were on the stage with no instruments. They were sitting in chairs and they had bands around their arms and chests, attached to their chairs, and they had their music in front of them — and with their bodies and their minds they were playing their parts.
There was no sound in the auditorium. It was not quite like brain waves, it was more a physical thing; they were able to project the music through the electric currents in the room.
So, I’m still struggling to realize the ideas I had in 1960 and 1961. And I’m getting really close.
The video shows Subotnick and visual artist Lillevan performing live at Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria in 2010.