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Pauline Oliveros: Excerpt from “Alien Bog” (1967)

From the album Music from Mills

Pauline Oliveros' electronic music from the 60s is often overshadowed by her later work, which is of a more acoustically restrained and meditative nature.  But her early compositions at the San Francisco Tape Music Center are significant in signaling a turn from the carefully spliced productions that characterized electronic music up to that point toward the real-time manipulations of what came to known as “live electronics.”

"Alien Bog" was composed using the Buchla Box, a modular analog synthesizer that was developed by Don Buchla in California in the mid-1960s, at the same time that Robert Moog built his now-famous instrument in New York.  Unlike Moog’s devices, the Buchla had a sequencer, and its sounds were triggered by touch-sensitive pads instead of a conventional keyboard.

The full version of “Alien Bog,” in all its 33-minute glory, is available on disc as well.  It is surely one of the most ambitious and immersive electronic works of its time.

Played 269 time(s).

May 28, 2009, 1:45pm

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