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Highlights of Vortex: Electronic Experiments and Music

Various Artists
Highlights of Vortex: Electronic Experiments and Music

This record functions as the 1959 avant-garde score for Vortex, a music/film production shown in the Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco. One of the first multimedia events of its kind, this performance includes tracks that were constructed for playback on a 38 speaker system by several different musicians/engineers. According to the Center of Visual Music, the performance created a "type of immersion environment [that] had never been created before".

Artists include Henry Jacobs, Gordon Longfellow, David L. Talcott, and William Loughborough. This electronic music is primarily in the style of Musique Concrete – a genre that features a wide array of sounds recorded to tape and then arranged in a specific order – but more traditional instruments are heard on this recording as well.

Track Listing

Trilogy David Talcott 5:23
Chan Henry Jacobs 2:22
For the Big Horn William Loughborough 2:44
Logos Henry Jacobs 2:15
Rhythm Study No. 8 Henry Jacobs 2:21
Notes on the History of a World pt.3 Gordon Longfellow 4:11
Loop No.3 David Talcott 4:01
Electronic Kabuki Mambo Henry Jacobs 4:44
350-2 Gordon Longfellow 3:30