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Electronic and Computer Music$
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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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Milan and Elsewhere in Europe

Milan and Elsewhere in Europe

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Electronic and Computer Music

Peter Manning

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the development of electronic music in Milan. In 1955 an important studio was established by Radio Audizioni Italiane (RAI), co-founded by Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna. This studio was created to serve the needs of the Italian schools of composition, reflecting far more catholic tastes than those associated with studios in Paris and Cologne. The Milan school provided cogent answers to the problems of the early Cologne works and the naïveté of the first excursions into musique concrète. Speech also became a primary source of interest to composers in Milan. Particular attention was paid to the continuum that may be created between the rich but unintelligible timbres obtained from treated phonemes (the smallest units of speech) and the sharply structured and meaningful groupings of untreated phonemes that create words and phrases.

Keywords:   electronic music, Italian musical composition, Radio Audizioni Italiane, speech

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