One of the pioneers of electronic instruments, and author of one of the most treasured of electronic albums, Morton Subotnick, will make two upcoming appearances at Unsound Festival in New York. The festival, presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York, has invited the renowned performer back for a second year. The first event is titled 'Modular Dreams' and will take place on Thursday 17th April, presented by the festival and Target Free Thursdays. Based on Subotnick's 1967 album for Nonesuch, "Silver Apples of the Moon Revisited" will be performed by the author and German Lillevan at the Lincoln Center and is free, so arrive early.
Around the time of release of the groundbreaking album that Subotnick was based at the San Francisco Music Center, where he worked and played alongside Ramon Sender, Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros.It was also during this period that Subotnick worked with Don Buchla on what is now considered to be one of the first analog synthesizers, and it was with this technology and a kind of "electronic music easel" conceived by Subotnick that he began to lay the foundations of a new sort of music, including sequenced sections that we now take for granted in electronic compositions. The second appearance Subotnick will make at Unsound NY will be a lecture and demonstration of the Morton Subotnick and Buchla Synthesizer at the Grenwich House Music School on Friday 8th April. Tickets will be $10-15 at the door and full details can be foundhere on the festival's website.
We leave you with two excerpts from Silver Apples of the Moon below.
Unsound Festival New York takes place from 1 to 10 April, at various locations in New York. Tickets are on sale here.