Otto Luening (Wisconsin, 1900), one of the pioneers of "tape music",
created the Fantasy In Space (1952).
In october 1952, a live concert by Luening and
Vladimir Ussachevsky of electronic music
at New York's Museum Of Modern Art was broadcasted live, and caused a
In 1955, Luening began experimenting with the synthesizer invented by
Harry Olson and Herbert Belar at RCA's Princeton Labs.
In 1959, Luening and Ussachevsky founded the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (CPEMC), the first studio for electronic music in the USA, which featured the synthesizer "Mark II".
Their Concerted Piece (1960) was another milestone in the development
of electronic music.
Luening's Synthesis (1962) for orchestra and tape opened new
horizons for electroacoustic music (music scored
for acoustic instruments as well as electronics).
But he also composed a flute concerto, the Kentucky Concerto, four symphonic fantasias, a chamber symphony, three string quartets, three sonatas for violin and piano, three solo violin sonatas.
Orchestral Works (Newport) collects
Potowatomi Legends (1980), (1991) and other
Most of his work was actually quite traditional in structure and instrumentation.
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