Re: ~e; Electromagnetic News & Views #28

From Guy De Bievre <>
Date Mon, 26 May 2003 21:10:09 +0200
In-reply-to <>

At 10:02 PM 5/23/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Music has been a strange and abstract thing that is also
>fascinating. Lodged in my brain are images of tests with
>osciliscopes, not knowing if these are sound engineers,
>musicians, and composers, or electrical engineers. In the
>area of hardware, it is not known where the waves of one
>approach differ from another, until the end result. Such
>as with telecommunications, and the use of waves, signals.
>Still not getting it, but there is a lot to be inspired by.

you may want to check out Alvin Lucier's work 'Sferics' on Lovely Music 
(though maybe not yet reissued on CD), solely consisting of atmospheric 
electromagnetic phenomena...Leif Brush 
( has work in the same 
vein...and then there is David First's use of the 'Schumann Resonance'
more classic there are the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen using shortwave radio

and then a little rectification:

>* An excerpt from EDGARD VARESE's 1958 composition, "POEME
>(.au, 244k, 23 sec)  "this selection was originally composed in 1958
>for use with 400 speakers, placed carefully inside the Phillips
>Pavilion designed by LE CORBUSIER.  the current recorded version is a
>stereo two-track recording."

the Phillips Pavilion was designed by composer/architect Iannis Xenakis, 
who was an assistent of Le Corbusier at the time...he used a structure 
similar to the pavilion in his work 'Metastasis', I'm pretty sure sketches 
of this can be googled up...


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