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JAMES TENNEY: SELECTED WORKS 1961 – 1969 (ART 1007, 1992)

by James Tenney (composer)

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THIS IS THE FIRST recorded collection of James Tenney's music of the 1960s. Much of this work was realized at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1961 to 1969, where Tenney used Max Mathews' groundbreaking digital synthesis program, which eventually became Music IV. This program was the model for many of the common computer music environments of the last thirty years, and the first system of its kind available to composers.


released January 3, 1992

Engineered and digitally remastered by Tom Erbe, from original analog tapes, at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, under the supervision of James Tenney.

Produced by Larry Polansky, for Frog Peak Music (A Composers’ Collective) and Artifact Recordings.

Larry Polansky, liner notes
Lauren Pratt, associate producer; liner notes editor

Michael Sumner, cover and CD design

Thanks to the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music

All works on this CD published by Smith Publications, 2617 Gwynndale Avenue, Baltimore MD 21207, which has graciously given permission for the release of the pieces on this CD. All works BMI/SOCAN.


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