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Max Neuhaus 1939 - 2009

Max Neuhaus, percussionist and influential sound artist has died, according to the Houston Chronicle yesterday. Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1939 Neuhaus spent his early career as a performing musician, touring North America with works by composers such as Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Stockhausen, by the mid 60s Neuhaus had decided to stop performing live and focus his work on sound installation. One of his most important early works, Public Space from 1966, connected up a radio station with live telephone lines so callers could ring in and broadcast themselves, an idea that Neuhaus would use in 1977, expanding the broadcast range to 190 radio stations across the US.

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