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Morton Subotnick

voc, syn, *1933 US, Los Angeles
Composer of Electronic and Classical

Morton Subotnick (born April 14, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American composer of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre. In the early 1960's, Subotnik, along with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender, formed the San Francisco Tape Music Center. He was also one of the founding members of California Institute Of The Arts, where he taught for many years. He is married to Joan La Barbara with whom he collaborates.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Synthesizer
Genres
  • Electronic
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
4 Butterflies: Butterfly No. 4 on Electronic Works 3 by Morton Subotnick & Miguel Frasconi
Touch, Pt. 1 on Subotnick: Electronic Works, Vol. 1 by Morton Subotnick & Joan La Barbara
4 Butterflies: Butterfly No. 2 on Electronic Works 3 by Morton Subotnick & Miguel Frasconi
A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur: II. Dance on Subotnick: Electronic Works, Vol. 1 by Morton Subotnick & Joan La Barbara
Until Spring: Revisited on Electronic Works 3 by Morton Subotnick & Miguel Frasconi
A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur: I. Opening on Subotnick: Electronic Works, Vol. 1 by Morton Subotnick & Joan La Barbara
4 Butterflies: Butterfly No. 1 on Electronic Works 3 by Morton Subotnick & Miguel Frasconi
Sidewinder, Pt. 1 on Subotnick: Electronic Works, Vol. 2 by Morton Subotnick
Gestures "It Begins with Colors" on Subotnick: Electronic Works, Vol. 1 by Morton Subotnick & Joan La Barbara
Touch, Pt. 2 on Subotnick: Electronic Works, Vol. 1 by Morton Subotnick & Joan La Barbara

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Music For The Double Life Of Amphibians - Landmark RecordingsMorton Subotnick2016Compil.
The Wild Beasts - Landmark RecordingsMorton Subotnick2015Compil.
RA.EX278 Morton SubotnickMorton Subotnick2015Single
Volume 3: Electronic WorksMorton Subotnick2011Compil.
Volume 2: Electronic WorksMorton Subotnick2004Album
Volume 1: Electronic WorksMorton Subotnick2001Compil.
Echoes From The Silent Call Of Girona / A Fluttering Of WingsMorton Subotnick - Southwest Chamber Music2000Album
Morton SubotnickMorton Subotnick1997Album
And The Butterflies Begin To SingMorton Subotnick1997Album
Silver Apples Of The Moon · The Wild BullMorton Subotnick1994Compil.
All My Hummingbirds Have AlibisMorton Subotnick1992Album
Touch • Jacob's RoomMorton Subotnick1989Compil.
Computer Music Journal Soundsheet ExamplesMorton Subotnick1988Album
Summer 1987Joan La Barbara, Morton Subotnick1987Album
ReturnMorton Subotnick1986Album
The Key To Songs ; ReturnMorton Subotnick1986Album
Ascent Into Air / A Fluttering Of WingsMorton Subotnick1984Album
American Academy And Institute Of Arts And Letters Composers Award RecordMorton Subotnick / Donald Grantham1983Album
Axolotl / The Wild BeastsMorton Subotnick1981Album
A Sky Of Cloudless Sulphur / After The ButterflyMorton Subotnick1980Album
Until SpringMorton Subotnick1976Album
4 ButterfliesMorton Subotnick1974Album
The Perilous NightJohn Cage, Barney Childs, Charles Ives, Henri Lazarof, Morton Subotnick - Richard Bunger1973Album
SidewinderMorton Subotnick1971Album
Lamination / Concert Piece For Synket & Symphony Orchestra / Violin ConcertoMorton Subotnick / John Eaton / William Bergsma - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Lukas Foss / Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos / Edward Statkiewicz, Orkiestra Polskiego Radia, Zdzisław Szostak1971Album
TouchMorton Subotnick1969Album
The Wild BullMorton Subotnick1968Album
The Wild BullMorton Subotnick1968Album
Silver Apples Of The MoonMorton Subotnick1967Album
Perform Selections From - 2001 - A Space Odyssey / Music From Blomdahl's Opera - Anaria - An Epic Of Space Flight In 2038 A.D.Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Leonard Bernstein, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra — With Gregg Smith Singers, Morton Subotnick / Karl-Birger Blomdahl — Sveriges RadioAlbum
Perform Selections From - 2001 - A Space Odyssey / Music From Blomdahl's Opera - Anaria - An Epic Of Space Flight In 2038 A.D.Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Leonard Bernstein, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra — With Gregg Smith Singers, Morton Subotnick / Karl-Birger Blomdahl — Sveriges RadioAlbum
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