Salvatore Martirano (1927), a New York-based inventor of electronic instruments who had studied with Dalla Piccola in Italy in the early 1950s, penned the cacophonous L'GA for Gassed-Masked Politico, Helium Bomb and Two Channel Tape (1967)
at the University of Illinois at Urbana, where he was teaching composition since 1963,
and later built the Sal-Mar Construction, one of the earliest music composition/synthesis machines (of which three hours of recordings are available, made in 1971-75).
He had also composed:
a string quartet (1951); the chamber opera The Magic Stones (1951);
a Mass A Cappella (1955);
O O O O That Shakespeherian Rag (1958) for choir and chamber ensemble;
an Octet (1963) for flute, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, marimba, celesta, violin, cello and contra-bass;
electronic music like Buffet (1965) and The Malmstadt-Enke Blues (1967);
the electroacoustic Underworld (1965), scored for 4 actors, 4 percussion, 2 string basses, tenor sax and tape;
and a Ballad for Amplified Nite-Club Singer and Instrumental Ensemble (1966).
Later compositions include:
In Memoriam Luigi Dallapiccola (1978) for tape recorder;
Thrown (1984) for winds and percussion;
Phleu For Amplified Flute And Synthetic Orchestra (1988);
Lon/Dons For Chamber Orchestra (1989);
and pieces for another invention, the Yahasalmamac, such as
Three Not Two (1987) and
Four Not Two (1988).
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