Larry Austin

Hybrid Music: Four Compositions: Quadrants/Event/Complex No. 1/Second Fantasy on Ives

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The early music of prolific acoustic and electronic music composer Larry Austin combined elements of jazz improvisation and advanced compositional techniques, as in his "Cantana for Soprano and Jazz" at the University of California, Davis (1963) and composed works in his "open style" such as "Catharsis: Open Style for Two Improvisational Ensembles, Tape and Conductor" (1967) and the theater piece "The Maze" (1966) for percussionists, dancer, tape, and films. He later developed combinatorial pieces (the "event/complexes" of the '70s), wrote fantasies for voice and the legendary Source magazine anthology of new music, and composed many other electro-acoustic works. His recent work with computers documented on CD continues to combine electronics and acoustic instruments/voices by transforming -- with a sense of humor -- recognized historical material into "mini opera-buffas."