Chasalow, Eric


Composing from Memory: the convergence of archive creation and electroacoustic composition

Organised Sound: Vol. 11, No. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 63-71.


Language(s): English


Text-sound Composition


The Video Archive of Electroacoustic Music, an oral history project begun in 1996 by the author and sociologist, Barbara Cassidy, captures a first-person history of many pioneering electroacoustic music composers, scientists and engineers from 1950 to present. Transcript excerpts from The Archive are presented. Simultaneous with the founding of The Video Archive, the author began composing a series of pieces that draw on archival materials (from within and without The Video Archive) in a number of ways. Some possible compositional opportunities and approaches are mentioned and explored as embodied in the author’s Left To His Own Devices (1996), and Crossing Boundaries (2000).