Producing a slim but groundbreaking body of work possessed of a truly musical sensibility typically lacking from the tape constructions of his contemporaries, Tod Dockstader was among America's foremost composers of musique concrète, creating electronic soundscapes informed by genuine drama and mystery. Born March 20, 1932, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dockstader spent his childhood enamored of radio broadcasts, intrigued not only by the popular programs of the era, but also the static and noise separating stations on the dial. In time he turned to producing his own ham radio broadcasts, and while a graduate student at the University of Minnesota he studied film and painting, funding his education by drawing cartoons for local newspapers and magazines. In 1955 Dockstader relocated to Hollywood, where he was hired as an apprentice film editor ...
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