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Encyclopedia > Richard Maxfield

Richard Maxfield (February 2, 1927 - 1969) was a composer of instrumental, electro-acoustic, and electronic. He most likely taught the first University-level course in electronic music in America at the New School for Social Research. As a student in Berkeley and Europe in the 1950's, he composed instrumental scores in a Neo-Classical style and then adopting 12-tone techniques, eventually studying at Princeton University with Milton Babbitt. Encounters with contemporary European innovations, the music of John Cage, and techniques for composing with magnetic tape would however prove decisive in the development of his mature compositions. Among his innovations with tape music were the simultaneous performance of improvised instrumental solos with tapes based upon samples of the same soloist, re-editing of tapes before each public performance so that the pieces were not fixed in a single form, and the use of the erase head of the tape machine as a sound source. He was also an active Fluxus participant and a friend of La Monte Young. In 1969 he committed suicide. February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... New School University is an institute of higher learning in New York City. ... Princeton University, incorporated as The Trustees of Princeton University, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is the fourth-oldest institution to conduct higher education in the United States. ... Milton Byron Babbitt (born May 10, 1916) is an American composer. ... John Cage John Milton Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American experimental music composer, writer and visual artist. ... Fluxus (from to flow) is an art movement noted for the blending of different artistic disciplines, primarily visual art but also music and literature. ... La Monte Young (born October 14, 1935) is an American composer whose eccentric and often hard-to-find works have been included among the most important post World War II avant-garde or experimental music. ... It has been suggested that Suicide and culture be merged into this article or section. ...


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MELA: RICHARD MAXFIELD (1051 words)
Richard Maxfield was born in Seattle on February 2, 1927.
Maxfield attended Stanford University for one year, where he continued to compose, and his works were played on the University radio station.
Maxfield performed his works in New York in the late 50's and early 60's at both uptown halls and downtown lofts and performance spaces.
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