Trends: Seeing Sounds

It may be a long while before listeners accept electronic music with any comfort, at least as part of the standard concert-hall experience. The chief complaint is that there is nothing musical about the production of those unique and sometimes eerie timbres and rhythms that the avant-garde composers draw from oscillators and magnetic tape. Now, however, there is enough evidence to suggest that the electronic composers have at last found the ideal setting for their work. They have formed a partnership with the abstract visual arts, to the point where their sounds...

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