Beauty in Synthesis: the Art of Laurie Spiegel

20 Mar

When asked why she turned to digital synthesizers and software engineering after working with analog systems for a long time, American composer Laurie Spiegel answered that she was looking for a way to apply memory and logic to the freedom that the analog synthesizers gave her. A piece of paper as a composers tool provides a kind of memory that is missing in the old analog means of electronic music making. On the other hand you have control over the actual sound production when working with analog synthesizers. You can experiment with the results of your decisions in way that was impossible before. Computers and digital synthesizers now offer you the same degree of independence for experimentation while providing facilities for the use of memory and logical manipulation in the process of composition.

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