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Paul Lansky

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Paul Lansky (born 1944) is widely considered one of the original electronic music or computer music composers, and has been producing works from the 1970s up to the present day. A former student of George Perle, he is a currently professor of music composition at Princeton University, and in addition to his music is known as a pioneer in the development of computer music languages for algorithmic composition . He is also former student of Milton Babbitt and Edward Cone.

Lansky’s first album, Smalltalk, was not released until 1990. It features four tracks, two covering aspects of the human voice, and two looking at two styles of music (metal and harmonica).
His second album, Homebrew (1992) contains five tracks, including the percussive and aural 18-minute classic, “Table’s Clear”, featuring samples of his children playing kitchen utensils. Following that came More Than Idle Chatter, the six compositions of which focus on processings of the human voice using LPC, granular synthesis, and plucked string synthesis; its three highlights are granular synth pieces called “Idle Chatter”, “just_more_idle_chatter” and “Notjustmoreidlechatter” which look at the same thing from multiple perspectives. In 1994, he released Fantasies And Tableaux, a collection of two earlier works, “Six Fantasies on a Poem by Thomas Campion” and “Still Time”. 1995 brought Folk Images, Lansky’s personal interpretation and reworking of a “good few folk songs.”

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