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Andy Battaglia Portal

April 2011

Andy Battaglia's article Once Upon A Time In... Harlem in The Wire 326 revisits the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and its importance in the work of composers such as Vladimir Ussachevsky, Otto Luening and Milton Babbitt.

The Video Archive Of The Electroacoustic Music

"A rich store of oral-history video interviews, including a great 17-minute talk with Milton Babbitt, curated by Eric Chasalow and Barbara Cassidy."

James Seawright

"James Seawright worked as an engineer in the early years at Columbia-Princeton and went on to make a name for himself as the creator of a distinctive sort of kinetic sculpture in the mid 1960s, surveyed with stills and a few video demos on his website here."

Alice Shields

"Alice Shields started working for Vladimir Ussachevsky while a student in the early 1960s and went on to play an integral role at Columbia-Princeton for many years to come. Both she and her erstwhile colleague Pril Smiley were incredibly kind and helpful to me; I only wish I had room for more of their stories. Perhaps some other time..."


"dorkbot – an enterprise geared toward "people doing strange things with electricity" – was started by Douglas Repetto, who now teaches at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University. Douglas had a lot to share about some of the weirder activities that may or may not have gone on in that building many decades ago."

Ampex Literature

"A very cool archive of old catalogues and brochures for Ampex tape recorders ca. the 1950s and beyond."

A Mathematical Theory Of Communication

"An oft-cited paper from a Bell Labs journal in 1948 that, to the non-mathematicians among us, doubles as a beautiful sort of Dada tone poem as it transpires."

Riverside Research

"A scientific research enterprise, which takes care to note it emphasizes "'value' over 'quantity'", that did work in the same building as the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in the 1960s."

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