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Morton Subotnick In Concert: Moogfest 2012

Morton Subotnick performs his legendary album Silver Apples of the Moon in its entirety 45 years after it was first released.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Morton Subotnick released the first all-electronic album, Silver Apples of the Moon, in 1967. Last Friday, he returned to Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, N.C., to perform the whole thing live.

I can still remember the first time I first heard that record in the late 1960s. It felt revolutionary in the way it changed the nature of electronic music from science-fiction gimmicks to a major cultural and musical force. The music was commissioned by Nonesuch Records, which offered Subotnick $1,000 to create the work. (That was a lot of money back then.) Subotnick worked with electronic wizard Don Buchla, using oscillators, filters, touch-sensitive keyboards and early sequencers to create the album.

It was fascinating to hear Morton Subotnick re-create Silver Apples of the Moon 45 years later against the backdrop of Moogfest and so many other young, innovative players. I trust some of today's electronic artists showed up and delighted in what Subotnick did all those years ago.

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