36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 246: Lost Glass, found—Thank you, Vienna


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 246 — Lost Glass, found—Thank you, Vienna
04-April-1972 (Dienstag–Tue.)


Typical day. Not so good on horn. A little progress in electronic. No concert.


1972. As with most of life, a typical day.

It’s a miracle in 2009—Lost Glass, found. The Vienna Academy of Music responded to my email. I received a very kind email from Prof. L.M. from the Institute of Composition and Electroacoustic Media at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. It said the following:

“Sure we know who you are. We will send a digitized copy of your tapes to your address…”

I couldn’t believe my good luck. The tapes of my composition,
Fantasy on Broken Glass were still in the Institute archives, even after 36+ years. And they will digitize them and send them to me. I can’t wait. I haven’t heard this work in probably 30 years. Thank you Prof. L.M. If you give me permission, I will mention your last name.

It was nice to know that they were so willing to help me. They might occasionally use examples of my piece to show what could be accomplished in musique concrète with a single sound. Remember, this is not a great piece of music. It was a great example and exercise in using the available musique concrète composing techniques of the time to manipulate a single short acoustic sound—the sound of breaking glass.

Institute of Composition and Electroacoustic Media. The musique concrète/electronic music course that I took with Prof. Kaufmann is now under the auspices of the Institute of Composition and Electroacoustic Media at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (Hochschule für Musik und Dartstellende Kunst in Vienna).

After more than 36 years, I would love to see and hear how the new electronic music program and the Institute have evolved since the early days of the first studio that I participated in. Hopefully, I will learn more of the Institute and perhaps get to know some of the composers’ and students’ works that have come out of the program. I imagine that the studios are now totally different in their focus—from musique concrète to complete electronic recording studios, including new media such as video and film, and perhaps popular and film recording as well. I can’t wait to learn more of the Institute’s program.

If I can get back to Vienna one day, I would love to take a tour of the school, once again. I also asked if there was a way to reach Prof. Kaufmann.

A great day with great news.


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