Sounds of New Music

Sounds of New Music

Various Artists FW06160 / FX 6160

Sounds of New Music is a collection of 18 compositions from the 1920s to the mid-1950s representing attempts at a "new means of musical expression." Some use familiar instruments in new ways, while others experiment with new instruments; the formats of the compositions range from structured musical scores written for orchestra to electronically altered music using tape-recording devices. Composers include Edgard Varèse, Henry Cowell, and John Cage, whose "Dance" is played on a transformed Steinway piano that gives the music an almost primitive quality. Liner notes describing the new music feature a substantial article on Concrete Music.

Year Released 1957
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1957 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Contemporary & Electronic
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) Contemporary music

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101 Bahnfahrt n/a 2:51
102 Symphony of Machines A. (Aleksandr) Mossolov 3:03
103 Dnieprostrot Julius Meytuss 2:30
104 Dance John Cage 2:42
105 Ionization Edgard Varèse 0:56
106 Aeolian Harp Henry Cowell 2:08
107 Banshee Henry Cowell 2:39
108 Sonic Contours Vladimir Ussachevsky 1:14
109 Fantasy in Space Otto Luening 2:48
110 Symphonies in Sonic Vibration-Spectrum No. 1 Halim El-Dabh 4:16
201 Transposition Vladimir Ussachevsky 1:28
202 Reverberation Vladimir Ussachevsky 1:21
203 Compositionion Vladimir Ussachevsky 4:08
204 Underwater Waltz Vladimir Ussachevsky 1:36
205 Natural Pipes Roger Marin and Fredric Ramsey, Jr. 0:24
206 Natural Pipes Roger Marin and Fredric Ramsey, Jr. 0:08
207 Natural Pipes Roger Marin and Fredric Ramsey, Jr. 4:32
208 Sonata For Loudspeakers Henry Jacobs 9:32
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