The music production software company Native Instruments will celebrate their 20th anniversary in October of this year. Isn’t that exciting? Most people have no idea this company even exists, but it is well known among composers for their sampling software Kontakt, which has become the de facto standard for the recording and performance of professional orchestral virtual instruments.
Anne Modugno is a retired music teacher who developed and implemented an innovative Electronic Music program for high school students in 1968. A highly energetic and motivated educator, Anne explored the use of technology to realize the musical potential that exists in everyone. Composing electronic music was treated as a sound-oriented study, with sound itself as the significant element and focus.
In the late 1970’s, video was an exciting experimental medium. Nam June Paik created the famous “TV Bra for Living Sculpture,” a piece where two tiny video screens covered cellist Charlotte Moorman’s breasts and her cello partly covered the rest. Other early video artists include Bruce Nauman, William Wegman and Peter Campus.
What were the early 1990’s like? For many they were a celebration of the end of excessive hairstyles and cocaine abuse, the continuing War on Drugs and the end of George H. Bush’s presidency, ushering in an era of prosperity with a succeeding commander-in-chief who stabilized the U.S. economy to a point where most people were able to get ahead. That is, until the afore-mentioned leader decided to get a little head. But that’s not anything to dwell on unless your first name happens to be Monica.
Time for another competition! This time it’s sponsored by Sonokinetics, a Dutch sound sample library that has carved a niche with their orchestral phrase libraries. I’ve always been a big fan of repeated riffs and was on the Sonokinetic bandwagon when they released their first phrase library in 2012. I composed the score for The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari using their Vivace during a three week timespan.