John Cage & Lejaren Hiller / Ben Johnston
HPSCHD / String Quartet No.2
Nonesuch (US) 1969
H-71224 (LP) Company Inner Sleeve, Inserts
sleeve : EX-(SRW,One small stain on the back, slightly faded.)
media : EX+/EX+(Some parts may have a slight dust noise.)
The album was released on the prestigious Nonesuch label in 1969, coupling "HPSCHD," composed by John Cage, a leading American experimentalist and avant-garde artist whose influence has already transcended the boundaries of music, with Lejaren Hiller of the University of Illinois, a pioneer in computer composing, and "Strings Quartet No. 2," composed in 1964 by Ben Johnston, an American contemporary musician who is considered to be an unfortunate composer. This album was released on the prestigious Nonesuch label in 1969. Antoinette Vischer, Nelly Bruce, and David Tudor played on this album. Composed based on the concept of juxtaposing computers and the classical harpsichord, the album creates a terrific, chaotic soundscape with a flood of sounds from three harpsichords and computer-controlled electronic sounds randomly emitted from a large number of acoustic tapes. Ben Johnston's work on side B has a history of being rejected by the LaSalle Quartet, but The Composer Quartet took on the challenge and introduced differential sounds to the live instrumental ensemble. The Composer Quartet took on the challenge of playing this work, and Johnston's design of introducing microtones into the live instrumental ensemble is clearly evident in this work. Both of these compositions are historic masterpieces. A poster-sized insert with 3-band EQ measurements taken by a research team at the State University of New York is included.