Laurie SPIEGEL (USA) makes new, unusual and
obscure music. She started doing electronic music at the end
of the 1960s and computer music in the early 70s. Laurie Spiegel
released several LPs, CDs and sound tracks. In addition to electronic
and computer music, she releases also her not-too-hard solo pieces
for piano and classical guitar dedicated to private musicians
who like to sight read or just play music at home. Laurie Spiegel
co-edited THE EAR-Magazine along with Beth Anderson back in the
"I wish I could hear like a dog."
Click and listen to the short excerpt (419k, in mp3 format) of my composition for 2 dogs and digital instruments Conversional Paws (5:10) belongs to the CD on "The P-ART PROJECT : 12 PORTRAITS"(< click for info).
If I were to count the amount of time I've spent playing music for people and the amount spent playing for dogs, I'd bet the ratio would be astonishing.
Between my own dogs during the years I lived alone and the amount of time my neighbors are not home but their dogs are, it's got to be quite a lot more than for people.
If I had realized sooner who my basic audience really would be, would I have composed my music differently?
If I had never lived with dogs, would my music have been different overall?
If they could, what music would my dogs have sung me? What a stupid question!
Dogs have always sung me all kinds of doggy music and have sung along with mine too from time to time.
I wish I could hear like a dog, if only for a few minutes, to experience their level of hearing, so far beyond our own in acuity.
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Laurie Spiegel as a dog with a dog
An Intelligent Instrument 1986-1997 by Laurie Spiegel for Atari ST, Amiga and Macintosh computers
Music Mouse is a software music instrument that tries to let you interact with musical sound as directly and intuitively as any traditional instrument. It's not an editor, sequencer, or sound processor, nor does it use music notation. Music Mouse provides a realtime interactive human interface to a model of music theory that is optimized for musicality of output in the ear of its creator, a professional composer.
Music Mouse is a program designed for those interested in exploring sound with improvisation. The computer becomes a music instrument of sorts with the mouse controlling harmony and melody and the typewriter keyboard offering controls for changing musical properties. Music Mouse provides real-world music experiences with freedom to experiment with aestetic choices.
Music Mouse is designed to provide flexibility of style, from New Age prettiness to atonal Viennese angst.
Like any other musical instrument, it's users and uses range widely, from absolute beginners to established professionals. People use Music Mouse for live performances, cd recordings, film soundtracks, dance accompaniment, compositional brainstorming, in music education pre-school through post-grad, for music therapy in hospitals and prisons, and for self-expression, relaxation, and pleasure.
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