AGP126 - US Electronic Music VI | Charles Dodge (1942-)

  1. Changes [15:48] [MP3]

  2. Changes [15:48] [FLAC]

  3. AGP 126 notes [TXT]

  4. LP liner notes [PDF]


AGP126 continues our series of electronic compositions from the USA with works by Charles Dodge, who made a big splash in the 1970s as one of the earlier composers using computers to generate electronic sounds. His Earth's Magnetic Field established his reputation and is still his best known work (it is available in a compilation CD on CRI records).

One track is a realization of a radio play by Samuel Beckett, using a combination of natural and computer-synthesized voice sounds to represent the different player, accompanied in places by computer-generated electronic sounds. The effect is fascinatingly bleak if you have the patience for it. The other tracks are respectively for trumpet and tape, instrumental ensemble (without electronics, but I figured I'd throw it in), and computer-generated sounds.

The LP from which [the sole remaining] track was transcribed has a rather annoying surface blemish for the first couple of minutes that I couldn't completely eliminate with click reduction. My apologies. It sounds quite nice after that. The installment includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from the three LPs transcribed for this installment.

NOTE: Three of four tracks originally in AGP126 have been deleted because the LPs they appeared on are being re-issued by New World Records in a series of CDs.