Elevator Music 28
Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon

Morton Subotnick (1933, born in Los Angeles) is an electronic music pioneer and innovative composer whose 1967 recording Silver Apples of the Moon was the first full-scale electronic music album commissioned by then-emerging classical record label Nonesuch Records. Composed using a modular voltage-controlled synthesizer built by electronic instrument designer Don Buchla in collaboration with Subotnick, Silver Apples of the Moon is a groundbreaking recording that captures sounds from a newly invented instrument at the outset of the information age.
The album broke with the dominant trends for electronic music at the time: campy adaptions of classical music like Wendy Carlos Williams’ Switched on Bach, or more esoteric academic works by composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen. Subotnick’s composition moves between discernable rhythms and an expansive cosmology of tones, squelches, and burbles that became a surprise hit and a highly influential recording.
Exhibition Name
Elevator Music 28
Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Elevator Music Series
Feb 7, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015
Elevator Music 28 was curated by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs.
Morton Subotnick
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