Music: Music of the Future

Many modern composers are dissatisfied—or just plain bored—with the sounds of conventional instruments. To rectify this situation, they go to many lengths. New York Composer John Cage doctors his piano tone with bits of hardware. France's Pierre Schaeffer and his followers in musique concrete create unworldly compositions out of worldly sounds on tape recorders. Today, on both sides of the Atlantic, composers are experimenting with a sound source with an unplumbed potential for novelty and expression: electronic sound generators.

American listeners have a chance to feast their ears on their native brand...

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