Maryanne Amacher Archive

Maryanne Amacher. Photo by Martin Supper

American composer Maryanne Amacher (1938–2009) is known for her groundbreaking acoustic art designed to produce inner ear music. At the University of Pennsylvania she studied with composers Constant Vauclain, George Rochberg, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. She began developing her so-called otoacoustic-based or ‘ear tone’ music with the help of Marvin Minsky’s Triadex Muse synthesizer during her time as a fellow at MIT’s Center for Advance Visual Studies (CAVS) from 1972 to 1976. Amacher pioneered what she called ‘long distance music’, or telematic, site-related works that would later crystallise into her renowned City Links series. She collaborated with, among others, John Cage, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Charles Atlas and the Kronos Quartet. Maryanne Amacher performed at the 2003 edition of Sonic Acts.

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La Monte Young: Drift Study (1968)

Friday 26 February

10:00 - 22:00

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Sat 27 Feb - Sun 28 Feb

10:00 - 18:00

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Frequency and amplitude ratios tuned by La Monte Young on a Moog synthesizer utilising its sine wave oscillators, mixer and low-pass filter.

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