This early recording of Australian computer music includes Barry Conyngham's realisation of Percy Grainger's Free Music 1 and 2, as well as pieces by Tristram Cary, Warren Burt and Darius Clynes.
This fascinating record is a demonstration of the spectrum of musical sound generated or controlled by digital devices comes from the early days of computer music in the 1970s. It begins with the work of Australian-born pianist and composer Percy Grainger, 'Free Music 1 & 2', composed in 1935. Grainger's visionary music of the future was beyond the ability of human performers, and was years ahead of the technological means of realisation. Barry Conyngham has helped to realise Grainger's concept of freely gliding tones taken direct from a graphic score. Other works are 'Tracks from Divertimento' by Tristram Cary, 'Study for Symphony: August 9th' by Warren Burt, 'Through Clouds' by Barry Conyngham, and 'I am not a Computer' by Darius Clynes. A must for all those interested in contemporary music. Full notes and photos provided on the downloadable PDF.
Born in Sydney Australia, Barry Conyngham has received numerous awards, prizes and grants for composition, including Churchill (1970), Harkness (1972-74), Australia Council (1974-5), and Senior Fulbright (1982) Fellowships. He has an ARIA, two Sounds Australian Critics Awards and two Maggs Awards.
- Barry Conyngham · tracks 1 and 4
- Tristram Cary · track 2
- Warren Burt · track 3
- Darius Clynes · track 5
Warren Burt has worked in academia, education, radio and as a composer, filmmaker, video artist, writer and community-arts organizer. He has written probably far too many works for instruments, electronics, voice, video, theater, prose, poetry, et cetera. His works have been performed and shown in the USA, Australia, Europe and Japan.
Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) is one of Australia's best known composers. A brilliant arranger of folk music but also a pioneer in percussion and electronic music, Grainger's Warriors was recently heard in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.