Invisible Jukebox: A musical blind date with Morton Subotnick

Presented by The Wire magazine

The idea of the Invisible Jukebox is simple: a knowledgeable music journalist selects a series of tracks to play for an artist and asks them to spontaneously respond to what they’re hearing. The unscripted and often candid conversation that ensues can lead down all kinds of biographical, philosophical and musical paths.

At Loop this year we’ll be hosting two Invisible Jukebox sessions that will take place before a live audience and conducted by contributors from The Wire magazine. The track selection is made specifically to prompt insightful discussion of the respective music maker’s own work, influences, techniques and history.

Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multimedia performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems.

Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre. Subotnick's work ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’ has become a modern classic and was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress. Only 300 recordings throughout the entire history of recordings have been chosen.

In the early 60s, Subotnick taught at Mills College and with Ramon Sender, co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center.  During this period he collaborated with Anna Halprin in two works (the 3 legged stool and Parades and Changes) and was music director of the Actors Workshop. It was also during this period that Subotnick worked with Buchla on what may have been the first analog synthesizer (now at the Library of Congress).