COMMENT: Nicolas Collins

“In the 1970s, when I was learning how to build musical circuits from pioneering composer-luthiers like David Tudor and David Behrman, my peers and I often spoke of “the circuit as score”.  The notion that musical form, as well as sound, sprang from the silicon rather than the composer’s ego achieved mantra-like status. Now You Nakai has done what musicologists should have been doing for the last five decades: analyzing Tudor’s arrays of circuits as if they were indeed scores, subjecting them to the same scrutiny that would be brought to bear on the manuscripts of Bach or Boulez. As a result, we have a groundbreaking book that not only provides unique insight into the work of one of America’s most influential if enigmatic electronic pioneers, but shifts the very paradigm of musical analysis in the aftermath of the transistor.”

Nicolas Collins
Professor, Department of Sound, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Author, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge)

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