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Professor Allen Strange at San Jose State University

B.A., M.A., California State University at Fullerton

ELECTRO-ACOUSTICS COMPOSITION 20TH-CENTURY MUSIC DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC [C.R.E.A.M.] strange@sjsuvm1.sjsu.edu

Involved with music technology since the middle 1960's Allen Strange has remained active as a composer, performer, author and educator. With his wife, Patricia, he co-founded two electronic music ensembles: BIOME with Frank McCarty in 1969 and The Electric Weasel Ensemble with Donald Buchla in 1976. Both ensembles have toured internationally and the Stranges have also concertized as a duo composer/performer team. Allen Strange has been Visiting Scholar at CCRMA and guest composer at California Institute for the Arts, Hochschule f_r Musik, Stuttgart, Germany, Tempo Reale, Florence, Italy and LIM, Guanajuato, Mexico. In 1992 he served as the chairman for the International Computer Music Conference in San Jose, California and is currently serving as the president of the International Computer Music Association. Strange's music has been recorded and performed in Europe, Canada, South Africa, South America, Japan and throughout the United States.

Professor Strange has lectured throughout America and Europe on various aspects of avant-garde music and served as consultant to several electronic music instrument manufacturers. Actively involved with dramatic music for theater and children's theater productions. SJSU President's Scholar, 1989. Listed in the New Grove's Dictionary of American Music and Musicians. Books and Manuals:

+ San Jose State University Electro-Acoustic Studio User's Manual, Fifth Edition, San Jose, California, Spartan Shops, 1993. + Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Executive Editor, International Computer Music Association, Fall, 1992. + User's Guide to MASC, San Jose, California, Spartan Shops, 1985. + Electronic Music: Systems, Controls and Techniques, [revised and enlarged edition], Dubuque, Iowa, W.C. Brown Company Publishers, 1983. + San Jose State University Electro-Acoustic Studio User's Manual, San Jose, California, Spartan Shops, 1980. + Programming and Meta-Programming the Electro-Organism, Berkeley, California, Buchla and Associates, 1974. + Electronic Music: Instrumentation and Techniques, Dubuque, Iowa, W.C.Brown Company Publishers, 1972 and 1980.

Articles, Papers and Studies:

+ "The Disciplinary Context of Computer Music", invited paper for the American Society for Aesthetics Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, October, 1994. + "The 1992 International Computer Music Conference CD ROM" [with Russ Tincher, primary author] presented at the 1992 ICMC, Tokyo, Japan, September, 1993. + "Global Communications- Technology and the Arts", Plenary Session of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, San Francisco, Fall, 1992. + "Technology and Creativity - A Guest Editorial", Keyboard Magazine, August, 1987. + "Software Building Blocks for Musicians", Keyboard Magazine, June, 1987. + "Leo Fender", Groves Dictionary of American Music and Musicians, 1986. + "MASC- A MIDI-Based Algorithmic Process for Composition", paper delivered at the CSU Music Council for Computer Based Instruction and Composition, San Francisco State University, 1985 and at University of California, Berkeley, Computer Music Seminars, 1986. + "The SJSU Electro-Acoustic Studio- An Overview", paper delivered at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, San Jose, 1985. + "Reaction and Response- Musical Consequences of Current Technology", paper delivered at the Mid-Year Institute, Oklahoma City University, 1983. + "American Minimalism- The New Tonalists", paper delivered at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1981. + "The Poor Man's Computer", paper delivered at the Hochschule f_r Musik, Stuttgart, West Germany, 1980. + "Digital Translation for Polar Panning Coordinates" [co-authored with Daniel Kelley], Journal of the Electronic Music Association, York, England,1980. + "Johanna Beyer's Music of the Spheres - a Musical Analysis", Eight by Eight, enclosed as a pamphlet to Arch Street Recordings, #2028, 1979. + "Isometric Pitch Resources", Asterisk Magazine, December, 1974. + "Technical Resources for the New Orchestration", The Instrumentalist, May, 1974. + "Improvisation and Essence", paper delivered at the Oregon College of Education, 1972. + "Musical Tradition is Alive and Well", Music Educators' Journal, May, 1969.

Consultant Documents:

+ "Two Year Curriculum Design and Hardware/Software Projection in Computer Music". For West Valley Community College, Department of Music. April, 1988. + Systems Handbook - The 212 System Interface, Berkeley, California, Buchla and Associates, 1978. + Systems Handbook - The 238 Multiple Arbitrary Function Generator, Berkeley, California Buchla and Associates, 1978. + User's Guide to the TT Electronic Music Synthesizer, Redwood City,California, Total Technology, 1974.

Compositions:

+ The Hairbreath Ring Screamers, for flute ensemble and tape, JPPress. + Concord Gardens, for tape alone, Composers' Autograph Publications CAP. + Palace, for solo violin, tape and mixed theater, CAP. + ... and still another story concerns ..., for tape and visuals, CAP. + Chamberpiece, for small ensemble, CAP. + Rainbow Rider, for four choruses, CAP. + Vanity Fair, for actor and electronic sound, Media Press. City, California, Total Technology, 1974. + No Dead Horses on the Moon, for film and tape, Media Press. + The Doug Meyers' Playing Flute, for flute and tape, Media Press. + Mora Speculum, for actors and tape, Composers/Performers Editions. + Soundbeams, for chamber ensemble, Asterisk Publications. + Music of Do's, Mills College Anthology, Mills College Press. + Uncle Erhard, for children's theater, Mills College Anthology, Mills College Press.

All other compositions are available from Permanent Press

Recordings:

+ Sleeping Beauty, for amplified violin and computer-driven instruments, Consortium to Distribute Computer Music Series Volume 18, Centaur Recordings, Fall, 1994. + Music for Guitar and Tape by Cort Lippe, Executive Producer, Consortium to Distribute Computer Music Series Volume 17, Centaur Recordings, Spring 1993. + International Computer Music Conference 1992 Compact Disc, Executive Producer, ICMA Recordings. + Moon Plus Moon, Ocean Records. + Bit, Ocean Records. + Dune, Ocean Records + Skags, Ocean Records. + Two by Two, Capra Records. + Music of the Spheres, by Johanna Beyer. Orchestrated by Allen Strange, Arch Street Records. + Uncle Erhard, Audiozine Recordings. + Dangerous Nights, a collections of recorded stories with Robert Jenkins, Strange and Jenkins Productions. + The Thirty-Seventh Letter, Frogs Hollow Recordings.

The following works have been recorded by the German, Belgium and Swedish State for archive inclusion and non-commercial broadcast in Europe:

+ One for the Ladies, for tape alone. + Velocity Studies I: Slide, for solo violin and tape. + Skags, for four electronically processed voices. + Conversations with Nod, for electronic consort. + Moon Plus Moon, for electronic consort. + Teserae Rag, for electronic consort. + The First Book of Angels, for 16 voices and electronic instruments.

CATALOG OF WORKS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Solo Instruments and Solo Instruments with Recorded Media

Recorded Media Instrumental Ensemble Voice/Opera Performed Electronics/Computer Mixed Media Music for Dance Music for Theater Performed Electronics/Computer Publisher's Index

Solo Instruments and Solo Instruments with Recorded Media

Shaman: Sisters of Dreamtime, for amplified violin and computer generated sounds, 1995 [CAP]. Velocity Studies IV [Flutter], for alto sax and digital tape, 1993 [PP]. Velocity Studies III [RIP ], for piano and digital tape, 1993 [PP]. Sixty for Mort, for solo wind instrument, 1993 [PP]. Velocity Studies II [Twitter], for harpsichord and digital tape, 1991 [PP]. Palace, for solo violin, tape and mixed theater, 1967 [CAP]. The Doug Meyers' Playing Flute, for flute and tape, 1972 [MP]. Sleeping Beauty, for solo violin and computer-driven instruments, 1989 [PP]. String Loops and Wild Horses, for electronic keyboard and computer-driven instruments, 1988 [PP]. Princess, for electronic keyboard and computer-driven instrument, 1987 [PP]. Velocity Studies I [Slide], for violin and digital tape, 1983 [PP].

Recorded Media Available on DAT, Reel to Reel, or Metal Cassette

Brief Comment, for tape alone, 1993 [PP]. Bootes, tape version, 1992 [PP]. Corona Borealis, tape version, 1991 [PP]. Cygnus, tape version, 1991 [PP]. Cuitlatecayotl, for dance and tape, 1989 [PP]. Ursa Major, tape version, 1989 [PP]. Sports and Pastimes, by Eric Satie, for tape, orchestrated by Allen Strange, 1988. Vasona, for tape alone, 1985 [PP]. Towers, for tape alone, 1985 [PP]. One for the Ladies, for tape alone, 1984 [PP]. The Thirty-Seventh Letter, for tape alone, 1982 [FHR]. Moon Plus Moon, for tape alone, 1981 [PP]. . . . heart of gold, for quadraphonic tape, 1979 [PP]. Concord Gardens, for tape alone, 1968 [CAP].

Instrumental Ensemble

More Charms, for String Orchestra, 1995 [PP]. Beamer: Building of the Beast, for two electronic keyboards and five percussionists, 1985 [PP]. Moon Plus Moon [Piano Book], for any number of pianos, 1983 [PP]. "Four Pages" from Saturn and the Seven Ladies, for mixed ensemble,1982 [PP]. Star Salon Strikers and Screamers Last Witness, for four percussionists and string trio, 1978 [PP]. Soundbeams, for chamber ensemble and electronic instruments, 1977 [PP]. Charms, for String Orchestra, 1973 [PP]. Switchcraft, for string bass, flute and electronics, 1972. Chamberpiece, for small ensemble, 1972 [CAP]. Western Connection, for orchestra and electronic instruments, 1972 [PP]. The Hairbreath Ring Screamers, for flute ensemble and tape, 1970 [JPP].

Voice/Opera

You've Come a Long Way Baby, for four voices, live processing and computer driven instruments, 1992-3 [PP]. Popol Vuh, Opera based on the Mayan Myths of Creation, 1991 - in progress [PP]. Notes from Underground, for chorus and tape, 1989 [PP]. The First Book of Angels, for 16 voices and electronic instruments, 1974 [PP]. The Second Book of Angels, for string quartet and tape, 1974 [PP]. Rainbow Rider, for four choruses, 1973 [CAP]. Skags, for four voices and live processing and electronic instruments, 1972 [PP].

Performed Electronics/Computer

Third book of Angels, for disklavier and computer, 1995 [PP]. You've Come a Long Way Baby, for four processed voices and electronics, 1992-93 [PP]. Strong Loops and Wild Horses, for electronic keyboard and computer-driven instruments, 1988 [PP]. Princess, for electronic keyboard, 1987 [PP]. Moon Plus Moon, for electronic consort, 1984 [PP]. Teserae Rag, for electronic consort, 1984 [PP]. Saturn and the Seven Ladies, for electronic consort, 1982 [PP]. Uncle Erhard, for children's theater, 1979 [MCP]. Music of Do's, for live electronic system, 1978 [MCP]. Heart of Gold, for two electronic keyboards, 1977 [PP]. Dune, for electronic instruments, improvising instrument and voice, 1977 [PP]. Conversations with Nod, for electronic consort, 1977 [PP]. * Music of the Spheres, by Johanna Beyer for electronic ensemble. Orchestrated by Allen Strange, 1976 [ASR]. * Skags, for four processed voices and electronics, 1972 [PP].

Mixed-Media

Elemental Vamp, for theatrist and computer-generated sounds, 1994 [PP]. Music for DoWhatDo, a multi-media performance with Joel Slayton, 1993 [CI Video Tape]. Bootes (with Michael Heivly), for live electronics and kinetic sculpture, 1992 [PP]. Cygnus (with Michael Heivly), for live electronics and kinetic sculpture, 1992 [PP]. Werebeing Split Personality Jazz, for actor and tape, 1990 [PP]. Corona Borealis (with Michael Heivly), for live electronics and kinetic sculpture, 1988 [PP]. Ursa Major (with Michael Heivly), for live electronics and kinetic sculpture, 1988 [PP]. Detour (with Joel Slayton), for computer-driven instruments and video, 1987 [CI]. Vasona (with John Barnes), for visuals and stereo tape, 1981 [PP]. Uncle Erhard, for children's theater, 1979 [MCP]. ... and still another story concerns, for tape and visuals, 1978 [CAP]. Music of Do's, for electronic music system, 1978 [MCP]. No Dead Horses on the Moon, for film and tape, 1977 [MP]. Mora Speculum, for actors and tape, 1972 [CPE]. Vanity Fair, for actor and electronic sound, 1972 [MP]. Palace, for solo violin, tape and mixed theater, 1968 [CAP].

Music for Dance This listing includes works composed specifically for dance theater.

Cuitlatecayotl, from the opera Popol Vuh, 1991 [PP]. One for the Ladies, 1985 [PP]. Moon + Moon, 1981 [PP]. Rosie 'n Belle, for solo dance, 1988 [PP]. Silicon Seven - a ballet, 1984 [PP]. Boogie and the Beejeez Man (with Robert Jenkins), for children's ballet, 1982 [S/JP].

Music for Theater

As You Like It, 1995. The Duck Sisters, 1987. Red Noses, 1993 [S/JP]. Pinoccio, 1990 [S/JP]. Palace, for solo violin, tape and mixed theater, 1968 [CAP]. Antigone, 1989. PIKA, 1988. Equus, 1987 [S/JP]. The Arkansas Bear, 1985 [S/JP]. Dracula, 1985 [S/JP]. Puppets, 1983 [S/JP]. Wiley and the Hairy Man, 1982 [S/JP]. Black Bart, 1981 [S/JP]. The Ghost Hour- A Music Drama (with Robert Jenkins), 1981 [S/JP]. Jack and the Beanstalk, 1979 [S/JP]. Caucasian Chalk Circle, 1978 [S/JP]. Media, 1977 [S/JP].

Publishers' Index + [CAP] Composer's Autograph Publications + [PP] Permanent Press + [JPP] JP Publications + [CI] CADRE Institute + [S/JP] Strange & Jenkins Productions + [MP] Media Press + [MCP] Mills College Press + [CPE} Composer/Performer Editions + [FHR] Frog's Hollow Recordings + [ASR] Arch Street Records

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