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Tod Dockstader - Eight Electronic Pieces LP

Tod Dockstader - Eight Electronic Pieces LP

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Originally self-released in 1961 and later issued by Folkways, Tod Dockstader's Eight Electronic Pieces is a foundational document of American electronic music and a stunning first work from this revolutionary composer.

Refused access to the resources and funding of the academy and without any interest from the record industry, Dockstader assembled his debut album through three years of his own private labor—recording after-hours at the New York radio station where he worked. Dockstader's approach was informed by the laboratory experiments of his European contemporaries Edgar Varese and Pierre Schaefer as well as by the aleatory compositional techniques and neo-dadaist aesthetics of John Cage.