LAURIE SPIEGEL

THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE

UW09 LP* / 2CD / Digital
Released September 2012

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TRACK LIST


DISC ONE
Patchwork
Old Wave
Pentachrome
A Folk Study
Drums
Appalachian Grove I
Appalachian Grove II
Appalachian Grove III
The Expanding Universe

DISC TWO
East River Dawn
The Unquestioned Answer
The Orient Express
Clockworks
Dirge I
Dirge II
Music for Dance I
Music for Dance II
Kepler's Harmony of the Worlds
Wandering in Our Times

Release Info

The Expanding Universe is the classic 1980 debut album by composer and computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel. The album is reissued here for the first time in a massively expanded two-CD set, containing all four original album tracks plus an additional 15 tracks from the same period, nearly all previously unreleased. Some of the already well-know works included in this set are "Patchwork", the complete "Appalachian Grove" series, and "Kepler's Harmony of the Worlds", which was included on the golden record launched on board the Voyager spacecraft. The pieces comprising The Expanding Universe combine slowly evolving textures with the emotional richness of intricate counterpoint, harmony, and complex rhythms (John Fahey and J. S. Bach are both cited as major influences in the original cover's notes), all built of electronic sounds. These works, often grouped with those of Terry Riley, Phil Glass, Steve Reich, differ in their much shorter, clear forms. Composed and realized between 1974 and 1977 on the GROOVE system developed by Max Mathews and F.R. Moore at Bell Laboratories, the pieces on this album were far ahead of their time both in musical content and in how they were made. Each of the included works broke new ground, pioneering completely new methods of live interaction with computer-based logic - ways of creating music that are now reaching the heights of their popularity with Ableton Live, Max/MSP and other interactive music software entering mainstream music production. The package also includes an extensive 24-page booklet with notes by Laurie Spiegel and period photos.

*The first edition of the LP was limited to 500 copies on transparent vinyl. A second pressing is currently currently available in black vinyl. Packaged in a tip-on LP sleeve with original artwork. The LP reissue mirrors the original tracklisting (Side A: Patchwork, Old Wave, Pentachrome / Side B: The Expanding Universe), but adds "A Folk Study" to the end of Side A to further even out the sides. A download code for lossless or lossy download of the entire 2CD collection is included with each LP.