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This Life of SoundsEvenings for New Music in Buffalo$
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Renee Levine Packer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730773.001.0001

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Introduction: Experimental Music in Buffalo

Introduction: Experimental Music in Buffalo

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(p.3) Introduction: Experimental Music in Buffalo
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This Life of Sounds
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Renée Levine Packer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730773.003.0001

The introduction traces the genesis of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts as a forum to remedy the growing disparity that existed between what musicians learned in the conservatories and the new compositional techniques and ideas being employed by composers including improvisation, chance processes, theater pieces, sound installations, mixed media, and electronic and computer music. It presents an overview of contemporary music groups in existence in the early 1960s and notes the changing nature of experimental art making. Lastly, Buffalo's tradition of embracing challenge and innovation is outlined.

Keywords:   Buffalo, contemporary music groups, improvisation, chance processes, theater pieces, sound installations, mixed media, electronic and computer music

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