Laurie Spiegel

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Laurie Spiegel was born in Chicago (September 20, 1945) where in her teens she played guitar, banjo, and mandolin, and through them cultivated a devout philosophy of amateur music making. After receiving a degree in the social sciences, she returned to music. Having taught herself notation, she studied classic guitar and composition privately in London with John W. Duarte, then baroque and renaissance lute at Julliard, and composition with Jacob Druckman (who later took her as an assistant) and Vincent Persichetti. She also names Michael Czajkowski, Hall Overton, Max Mathews, and Emmanuel Ghent as important teachers. Having worked with analog synthesizers since 1969, she sought out the greater compositional control which digital computers could provide and wrote interactive compositional software at Bell Labs from 1973-79. She later founded New York University's Computer Music Studio, and became famous in rock music circles for her music software for personal computers, especially MusicMouse.
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9003, PH9003 The Expanding Universe — Laurie Spiegel Laurie Spiegel The Expanding Universe (Album) Philo, Philo 9003, PH9003 US 1980 Sell This Version
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CR-1002 The Capriccio Series Of New American Music Number Two — Laurie Spiegel Alexandra Pierce / Ruth Lomon / Lauire Spiegel* Alexandra Pierce / Ruth Lomon / Lauire Spiegel* - The Capriccio Series Of New American Music Number Two(LP) Capriccio Records (3) CR-1002 US 1983 Sell This Version
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IS 88802-2 Unseen Worlds — Laurie Spiegel Laurie Spiegel Unseen Worlds (Album) Scarlet Records (3) IS 88802-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
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EMF CD 019 Obsolete Systems — Laurie Spiegel Laurie Spiegel Obsolete Systems Electronic Music Foundation EMF CD 019 US 2001 Sell This Version
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Pm 61, 144.9127 Harmonices Mundi — Laurie Spiegel Laurie Spiegel Harmonices Mundi Table Of The Elements, Table Of The Elements Pm 61, 144.9127 US 2003 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

UWX Donnie And Laurie / Patchwork — Laurie Spiegel Laurie Spiegel Donnie And Laurie / Patchwork Unseen Worlds UWX US 2018 Sell This Version
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MRC002 Melodies Record Club 002 — Laurie Spiegel Ben UFO Selects Laurie Spiegel / Olof Dreijer Ben UFO Selects Laurie Spiegel / Olof Dreijer - Melodies Record Club 002(12", RM) Melodies International MRC002 UK 2021 Sell This Version
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Machineries Of Joy 001 Clockworks Remixes — Laurie Spiegel Laurie Spiegel Clockworks Remixes(12") Machineries Of Joy (3) Machineries Of Joy 001 2022 Sell This Version

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Expansive09

Expansive09

January 25, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
One of the few American women geniuses of electronica and there are very few if you count Laurie and Oliveros. Her music goes way back to the late 60s when she was using Buchla gear. Later she worked at Bell Labs I believe(same place that Don Slepian recorded the amazing Sea of Bliss).
Laurie's music is more along the minimalist framework i.e. Terry Riley etc but is always interesting and strangely melodic over dissonance. Interlocking rhythmic passages connect and disperse in the course of her compositions always creating a wandering dynamic. One can compare some fo her compositions to the Berlin School sequencer mayhem of early K. Schulze,M. Hoenig et al but she really has her own methodology and its always warm and inviting to the ear.

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