Illinois: Home of Computer Music

Illinois: Home of Computer Music

Back in 1956, two composers at Illinois created a piece of music called Illiac Suite. It was in the form of a string quartet, but was meant for an entirely different kind of instrument. The suite was the very first piece of music composed and played with the help of a computer, ILLIAC I, the Illinois Automatic Computer. Today, electronic music is a big thing at the U of I School of Music. Allen Wu from Taiwan and Barry Morse are both doctoral students in composition at this school. They play improvisatory ensemble music using laptops and synthesizers along with several other electronic devices. The concert footage included in the video is from two different performances, at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op in Champaign and the School of Music, respectively.

Videographer/Producer: 
Aske Denning
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