Amazing Moments in Timbre #2

Our second Amazing Moment in Timbre is another classic, but somewhat lesser-known.  It’s Canadian composer and inventor Hugh Le Caine’s Dripsody (1955).  A great early example of musique concrète—music made from recordings of real-world sounds that may be manipulated in various ways—Le Caine built up astonishing musical textures from a single recording of a drop of water.  He had to physically cut, paste, splice, and loop magnetic tape to achieve the musical result, which may seem like a tremendous feat of labour intensity to those of us now accustomed to digital audio workstations on personal computers.  Enjoy!

By Jason Noble