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    Various Artists – Music From the ONCE Festival

    October 29th, 2010

    Music From the ONCE Festival box set cover.

    How far back in time does experimental music go? To 1913 and Luigi Russolo with his Art of Noises? To the 1920s and Edgard Varese with his dissonant symphonies? To the 1940s and John Cage with his prepared piano? To the 1950s and France’s musique concrete vs. Germany’s electronic music? Despite the fact that experimental music had been around for decades by the time the 1960s arrived, the time was still ripe for the kind of highly unusual artistic invention that could incite amazement, confusion, deep contemplation, surprise, revelation, laughter, or anger. Enter the ONCE Festival, which delivered all of that and much more.

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    Gordon Mumma – Electronic Music of Theatre and Public Activity

    March 13th, 2010

    Not to be confused with a British mother or a corpse wrapped up in gauze, each otherwise known as Mummy, Gordon Mumma is a composer–mostly of electronic music–who got his start in back in the 1960s in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He co-founded the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music and the legendary ONCE Festival, then went on to play in the ranks of the Sonic Arts Union and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Over the decades, Gordon has also worked as a music professor at many universities.

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