Morton Subotnick On Art + Music + Technology

Morton SubotnickThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast features composer and synthesist Morton Subotnick.

Morton Subotnick is one of the undisputed pioneers of electronic music.

  • He co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center.
  • He worked closely with Don Buchla in the creation of some of the earliest synthesizers.
  • He helped pioneer recorded electronic music with works created for LP, like Silver Apples of the Moon.
  • As personal computers became popular, he created original works for CD ROM, and created interactive educational applications for children, including Making Music.
  • He is active as a touring artist, performing live with a Buchla modular system and collaborating with Lillevan, a Berlin-based video artist.

You can listen to the Morton Subotnick interview via the embed below, or via the A+M+T site:

Here’s what host Darwin Grosse has to say about the interview:

Personal heroes. This is a very personal subject for most people, because our choice of heroes says a lot about us. My reverence for Morton’s work has a lot to do with how it changed my ears – and therefore my life.

Being introduced to Silver Apples allowed me to think of music as a less discrete, more fluid, material. Don’t need to limit yourself to standard instruments focused on verses and choruses; you can choose to use electrons to develop phrases, premonitions, echoes and silence instead. I was never able to think of (or hear) music the same way again.

In this chat, Morton and I talk about his current work, the events that got him to think about electronic music, and how he came to revisit the use of the Buchla modular system. We also talk a little bit about his upcoming book project, and the documentary that is being made about him. But it was a relaxed and enjoyable chat – appropriate for this highlight of my podcast: Number 200.

Thanks again to everyone that has been listening over the years. Keep on listening, and I’ll keep on doing it – now enjoy!

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