Artist to perform UI prof's electronic-music composition on 50th anniversary

Artist to perform UI prof's electronic-music composition on 50th anniversary

URBANA — One of the earliest musical works for a computer, "HPSCHD," produced by University of Illinois Professor and composer John Cage, will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Analog Cafe, 129 N. Race Road, U.

The free performance by artist/producer Gary Pini marks the 50th anniversary of the piece's premiere on May 16, 1969, at the Assembly Hall.

It was one of the first exhibitions of electronic music under the direction of the UI's Experimental Music Studio and featured seven harpsichordists — surrounded by giant screens, 52 sound tapes, eight movie projectors and several black lights, performing individual compositions simultaneously on multiple stages.

Attendees were encouraged to wander around the venue to experience the multimedia event from all angles. The New York Times called it "An intentional, tumultuous spectacle."

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