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Maryanne Amacher

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Maryanne Amacher (February 25, 1938[1][2] - October 22, 2009) was an American composer and installation artist.

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She was born in Kane, Pennsylvania,[1] to an American nurse and a Swiss freight train worker. As the only child, she grew up playing the piano. Amacher left Kane to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she received a B.F.A in 1964.[1] While there she studied composition with George Rochberg[1] and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Subsequently, she did graduate work in acoustics and computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

While in residence at the University of Buffalo, in 1967, she created City Links: Buffalo, a 28-hour piece using 5 microphones in different parts of the city, broadcast live by radio station WBFO. There were several other pieces in the “City Links” series, though many details are not yet known. A common feature was the use of telephone lines to connect the sound environments of different sites into the same space, a very early example of what is now called “telematic performance” and preceded much more famous examples of this by Max Neuhaus and others.

Amacher’s installations combined sculpture and layers of loud sound and low, resonating tones. Her major pieces have almost exclusively been site specific,[1] often using many loudspeakers to create what she called “structure borne sound”, which is a differentiation with “airborne sound”, the paradox intentional.

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