Artist Talk — Morton Subotnick — Pionnier de la musique électronique


New media, sound - music

Artist Talk — Morton Subotnick
Pionnier de la musique électronique

Past: Thursday, March 15, 2018 7 PM → 9 PM

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Festival Sonic Protest

Doors open at 6 P.M.

Morton Subotnick will present a lecture about his works at 7 P.M. at the Mona Bismarck American Center.

In his one-hour presentation, the American composer will trace the various stages of his life’s work and, consequently, fifty years of experimental and electronic music development.

As one of the key protagonists in the history of electronic music, he will share his vision of a new metaphor — music as a multi-media studio art — and its relation to the idea of electronic music as ‘live’ art. He will discuss Marshall McLuhan’s influence and how his ideas set forth a road map for finding the message of each media. Morton Subotnick will tell, of course, the story of the development of the first analogue modular synthesizer, in which he was crucially involved, and recall the making of his key work, Silver Apples of the Moon. The lecture will conclude with Morton Subotnick’s views on the past as present in current music culture and why the future is upon us.



Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. The work which brought Subotnick celebrity was Silver Apples of the Moon, was commissioned by Nonesuch Records, marking the first time an original large-scale composition had been created specifically for the disc medium — a conscious acknowledgment that the home stereo system constituted a present-day form of chamber music.

He is also pioneering works to offer musical creative tools to young children. He is the author of a series of CDROMS for children, a children’s website and developing a program for classroom and after school programs that will soon become available internationally.

Booking required : — This event will be in English with no translation.

16 Trocadéro Zoom in 16 Trocadéro Zoom out

34, avenue de New York

75116 Paris

T. 01 47 23 38 88


Opening hours

Every day except Monday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Late night on Thursday

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The artist

  • Morton Subotnick