Highlights of Vortex: Electronic Experiments and Music

Highlights of Vortex: Electronic Experiments and Music

Various Artists FW06301 / FSS 6301 / FX 6301

This record functions as the 1959 avant-garde score for Vortex, a music/film production shown in the Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco. One of the first multimedia events of its kind, this performance includes tracks that were constructed for playback on a 38 speaker system by several different musicians/engineers. According to the Center of Visual Music, the performance created a "type of immersion environment [that] had never been created before".

Artists include Henry Jacobs, Gordon Longfellow, David L. Talcott, and William Loughborough. This electronic music is primarily in the style of Musique Concrete – a genre that features a wide array of sounds recorded to tape and then arranged in a specific order – but more traditional instruments are heard on this recording as well.

Year Released 1959
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1959 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Contemporary & Electronic
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) Contemporary music; Electronic music

Download Liner Notes

101 Trilogy David Talcott 5:23
102 Chan Henry Jacobs 2:22
103 For the Big Horn William Loughborough 2:44
104 Logos Henry Jacobs 2:15
105 Rhythm Study No. 8 Henry Jacobs 2:21
201 Notes on the History of a World pt.3 Gordon Longfellow 4:11
202 Loop No.3 David Talcott 4:01
203 Electronic Kabuki Mambo Henry Jacobs 4:44
204 350-2 Gordon Longfellow 3:30
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