Pauline Oliveros - Bye Bye Butterfly





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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2011

«Bye Bye Butterfly (1965) 8'00"
is a 2 channel tape composition made at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. It utilises 2 Hewlett Packard oscillators, 2 line amplifiers in cascade, a turntable with record and 2 tape recorders in a delay setup. The composer arranged the equipment, tuned the oscillators, and played through the composition in real time.

"[It] bids farewell not only to the music of the 19th century but also to the system of polite morality of that age and its attendant institutionalized oppression of the female sex. The title refers to the operatic disc, Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, which was at hand in the studio at the time and which was spontaneously incorporated into the ongoing compositional mix." - PO » The Transparent Tape Music Festival, San Francisco

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