Saturday, August 12, 2006


A report about scientists transcribing seismic patterns into musical scores. I wonder if the researchers involved realize that they are, in part, following work by composer Gordon Mumma. Employed for a time in a research project engaged with the question of distinguishing seismographs of underground nuclear explosions from those of earthquakes, Mumma transcribed a number of these into a series of works for piano: Large Size Mograph 1962 (solo), Medium Size Mograph 1962 (any number of pianos and pianists), Very Small Size Mograph 1962 (piano any number of players), Medium Size Mograph 1963 (four-hands & cybersonic circuitry), Very Small Size Mograph 1963 (four-hands), Medium Size Mograph 1964 (four-hands).

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