UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 7 | May
30 years ago
In an April 1972 UBC Reports article featuring the new electronic
music studio at the School of Music, the late Music Prof. Cortland
Hultberg explained why he didn't think electronic music would be
branded a gimmick and gradually disappear into limbo as a curiosity.
Hultberg pointed out that in every age composers have made significant
breakthroughs in musical thought that were not understood at the
time. "With so many musical styles in existence, it's difficult
to think of a new musical form as an extension of something that
has developed from previous musical thought," said Hultberg.
"As a result, it's not always easy to see where an electronic
composition came from."