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Lansky: Night Traffic; Table's Clear

Audio Samples

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Table's Clear, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Night Traffic, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Now and Then, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Quakerbridge, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : The Sound of Two Hands, for computer synthesized tape

Album Summary

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Table's Clear, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Night Traffic, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Now and Then, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Quakerbridge, for computer synthesized tape
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : The Sound of Two Hands, for computer synthesized tape
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Notes & Reviews:

These selections were created on a NeXT computer, using Cmix software, and NeXT-based signal processing.

Personnel: Paul Lansky (hand claps); Jim Moses (hand claps); Caleb Lansky, Jonah Lansky (percussion).

In this five-track collection of computer music, Lansky creates evocative compositions out of domestic sounds and the noises of suburbia. It's one of his most consistent works, too. "Table's Clear" takes as its base the sound of Lansky's two sons turning their kitchen into a large drumkit, with makeshift mixing bowls-turned-drums and such arranged into more and more complex rhythms. "Night Traffic" manipulates the sound of a four-lane highway into a group of random crescendos. "Now and Then" is a slightly obvious agglomeration of fairy-tale phrases mentioning time. "Quakerbridge" is the most emotional piece here, a ghostly reverberation of sounds heard in a shopping mall -- treacly muzak and all. Great melancholy hangs from this work. Lastly, "The Sound of Two Hands" chops up and re-arranges a collection of handclaps, slaps, snaps, and much more, a closing companion piece to the opening track. Lansky succeeds in showing that out of the most modest of sources, interesting music can arise. ~ Ted Mills



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Works Details

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Table's Clear, for computer synthesized tape
  • Performers: Caleb Lansky (Percussion); Jonah Lansky (Percussion); Paul Lansky
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Night Traffic, for computer synthesized tape
  • Performer: Paul Lansky
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Now and Then, for computer synthesized tape
  • Performers: Paul Lansky; Hannah Mackay (Spoken Vocals)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Quakerbridge, for computer synthesized tape
  • Performers: Paul Lansky; Hannah Mackay (Spoken Vocals)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : The Sound of Two Hands, for computer synthesized tape
  • Performers: Jim Moses (Hand Claps); Paul Lansky
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Studio