Writings


Mousetly (uh - Mostly!) about Computers & Music, Technology & the Arts -


Published Writings by Laurie Spiegel


(Inverse Chronological Order)
Acceptance Speech for 2013 SEAMUS Award
Published in SEAMUS News, 2012/13, Issue No. 4- February - April,

Can orchestral music and electronic sound comfortably coexist?
Published in New Music Box, the webzine of the American Music Center, Oct. 2001
a personal viewpoint requested by the editor.

Ex Post Facto OMS
Electronic Musician, Letters Column, Dec. 2000, vol. 16 #12, p. 14.

Music as mirror of mind
Published in Organised Sound 4(3): 151-152 1999 Cambridge University Press.

Graphical GROOVE: memorial for the VAMPIRE, a visual music system
Published in Organised Sound 3(3): 187-191 1998 Cambridge University Press.

Should Music-Making Be Reserved for an Elite?
Computer Music Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring, 1998), pp. 6-7

An Information Theory Based Compositional Model
Published in Leonardo Music Journal, MIT Press, Volume. 7, January 1998, pp. 89-90.
with companion cd recording of a piece composed with the techniques described.

On the Patenting of Compositional Techniques
Preliminary Sketch for CMJ Guest Editor's Notes
The final version, considerably abridged from this one, is to be published in Computer Music Journal's Winter 1998 with selected reader responses.

CMJ Editor's Notes - " Computer Music: the Next 20 Years - Music Distribution"
Commentary written at the request of the Editor of Computer Music Journal for thoughts on the next aspect of music that computers will greatly alter.
Editor's Notes, Computer Music Journal, MIT Press, Vol. 21 #1, Spring 1997, p. 5.

"Hypertext History"
Little-known information on Ted Nelson's early publications and activites regarding HyperText starting in 1965.
Letter to Ed., Internet World, April, 1997

"That was Then - This is Now"
On the past 20 years in computer music, written at the request of the Editor of CMJ for the 20th Anniversary Issue.
Computer Music Journal, MIT Press, Vol. 20 #1, Spring, 1996, pp. 42-45.
With accompanying audio compact disk containing three pieces I created at Bell Labs 1974-77.

Forward on Computer Programming
Discussing computer programs and the state of languages available for musician use.
For book & cd-rom about computers by another writer. (Not published after all.)

CMJ Editor's Notes - "Performance with Active Instruments"
An Alternative to a Standard Taxonomy for Electronic and Computer Instruments
Commentary written at the request of the Editor of Computer Music Journal.
but published as a Letter to the Editor, Computer Music Journal, MIT Press,, Vol. 16, #3, Fall 1992, pp.5-6.

"Getting History Straight"
Early history of concert use of realtime digital synthesizers, corrections to what CMJ had published.
Keyboard Magazine, Letters Column, March 1992, pp. 9-10.

"Music: Who Makes it? Who just takes it?"
"Backpage" guest-editorial on post-industrial musical assumptions and socio-economics and the computer/information revolution.
Electronic Musician, Vol. 8 #1, January 1992, page 114.

"DAT Formatting Protocol, Another Point of View"
Journal SEAMUS, Vol. VI, #2, Nov. 1991, pp. 11-12.

"An Open Letter on Women in Computer Music, Etc."
A commentary on writings in CMA Array, Vol. 11 #2"
ICMA Array, Vol. 11, #3, Summer 1991, pp.12-13.

In response to "Visions of Information"
Advocating sonic representation of data and sonic human interface components.
Apple Direct, July, 1991, Vol. 3, #9, in Letter to the Editor column

"Put a MIDI Service Technician in Your Computer"
Explaining uses of MIDI display utility computer programs.
Co-Authored with Craig Anderton, Electronic Musician, Vol. 6 #12, Dec. 1990, pp. 31-32.

"What's New? Not Enough."
About the Information Economics of the Current Nostalgia Boom.
Letter to the Editor, Published in Sunday NY Times Arts and Leisures, July 15, 1990
(Was edited extremely and published part was out of context; see original in my files.)

"Tape Music (or Studio Composition): Performance Problems"
Thoughts on what to do about the problem of tape music in concerts.
Published in Array, Vol. 10, #4, Fall 1990, pp. 19-20.

"Distinctions between Terms: Random, Algorithmic, and Intelligent"
An open letter in response to comments by Wendy Carlos on algorithmic composition tools.
Letter to the Editor, Active Sensing, Vol. 1, #3, Fall, 1989, p.2.

CMJ Editor's Notes - "A Turing Test for Musical Intelligence"
Commentary written at the request of the Editor of Computer Music Journal.
Published as a Letter to the Editor, Computer Music Journal, MIT Press, Vol. 12 #4, Winter, 1988-9

"Invasion from SBACE"
Spoof piece on possible alien life forms increasingly in our midst.
EAR Magazine, Vol. 13 #3, May, 1988

"Old Fashioned Composing from the Inside Out"
A look at pencil and paper compositional techniques in comparison with typical MIDI sequencer software.
Proceedings of the 8th Symposium on Small Computers in the Arts, Nov. 1988

"A Short History of Intelligent Instruments"
A followup to material recently published by CMJ.
Letter to the Editor, Computer Music Journal, Vol. 11, #3, Fall, 1987

"MIDI Software Classifications"
Defining new categories of music software that the IMA had left out of their published list.
Letter to the Editor, IMA Bulletin, published by the International MIDI Association, vol. 3, #1, Nov. 1986, p. 2, 8.

Guest Editorial: Proposal of Types of Holdings for An Electro-Acoustic Music Archive
Proposal for categories of holdings for an archive of electro-acoustic music.
Journal of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US, vol. 1, #2, Oct. 1986, pp. 2-4.

"The Standardization of Musical Editing Systems"
Reaction to a proposal by IRCAM's scientific director to standardize musical editing methods on computers.
Letter to the editor, Computer Music Journal, vol. 8, #3, winter 1984, pp. 2-8.

"Causal Chain Challenged"
On the ethical consequences of 3 different methods of interpreting certain experimental findings.
Letter to the Editor, Science News , vol. 128, Aug. 17, 1985, p. 109.

"A Preface"
A short philosophical article on the general societal importance of what's happening in musical technology, revised from the preface of a book written for Harper & Rowe which was part of a series which was cancelled before completion.
Ear Magazine, May-June 1984

"State-of-the-Art Questions"
Aesthetic, economic, and ethical questions about the increasing intersection of computers, the arts, and computer businesses.
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Computers and the Arts, IEEE Oct.1983

"Jon Appleton's 'Four Fantasies for Synclavier'"
A record review. Computer Music Journal , vol. 7, #2, summer 1983, pp. 77-8.

"McLeyvier Corrections and Update"
Additional information on the McLeyvier computer music instrument beyond CMJ's review.
Computer Music Journal , vol. 7, #2, summer 1983, pp. 5-6.

"Sonic Set Theory" (a.k.a. "Sonic Subsets")
A tonal-modal music theory designed specially for computer use and why composers want to describe creative processes instead of just writing notes.
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Computers and the Arts, IEEE Oct.1982

"Music and Media"
On freeing art from objects, and the economics of art and music as information.
Ear Magazine East, Vol. VII, #2, Feb-March, 1982, p. 9.
This article has recently received renewed attention and been called "important and prophetic".
It was republished in medialine, June 2000, pp 62-3.

"Manipulations of Musical Patterns"
On standard musical transformational processes, with attention to their aesthetic implications and possible usefulness in computer programs for music.
"Proceedings" of the Symposium on Small Computers and the Arts, Oct. 1981, IEEE Computer Society Catalog No. 393, pp.19-22.

"In Response"
Personal statement about gender and composing by 19 women composers.
Perspectives of New Music, 1981-2, vol. 20 #1 and #2, fall-winter 1981 and spring-summer 1982.

"Coming to Terms with Computer Music: A Glossary"
A glossary of computer music terminology.
"Personal Computing" magazine, July, 1981 (highly edited)
BAUD, Vol. 2, #4, Aug. 1981, pp. 14-19. (in unabridged in original form)

"Apple Music: A Musician's Viewpoint"
"NIBBLE - the Reference for Personal Computing", May, 1981, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 33, 104-5, 108.

"A Non-Performance Viewpoint"
About the new music concert scene's biases, and its neglect or discouragement of certain kinds of musical activities by overemphasis on concerts and the institutions which present them.
Ear Magazine special issue on "Music and Politics", Nov-Dec. 1980, pp. 9-11.
Revised and republished in the New Music America '81 Festival Catalogue, June 1981, pp. 49-51.

"Macromusic from Micros"                           PDF File ---> Get Adobe Acrobat Reader
Re: home computers and music.
Creative Computing Magazine, May 1981, pp. 68-74. (revised from version below)
Previously published by the Audio Engineering Society as Lecture Preprint 1704 (E-8), as "Macro Music from Micros: A Different Animal", for lecture at the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention, New York City, Oct. 31 - Nov. 3. 1980.

"Comments on Common Complaints: Notes on Feminists in Music"
Certain feminist complaints of women composers as off the mark.
Ear Magazine East, Special issue "Women in Music", Vol. 6 #3, April-May, 1981, p. 8.
Extended excerpt republished by EAR in Vol. 15, #5, July-Aug. 1990. p. 51.

"A Response to New York Magazine's "Info City" article"
(Published in New York Magazine, March 2, 1981, "Letters" column.)
They had ignored the arts as an information creation industry.

"The AlphaSyntauri: A Keyboard-Based Digital Playing and
Recording System with Microcomputer Interface
"
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Co-authored with C. Kellner and E. V. B. Lapham
A paper presented to the 67th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, Nov. 1980.

"An Open Letter in the Wake of New Music New York"
Reasons for a personal breaking with the avant garde.
Ear Magazine, Vol. 5, #3, Nov-Dec., 1979, p. 7.

"Three Short Poems and Two Observations"
A group of several short poems.
Ear Magazine, Vol. 4, #2, March, 1978

"Can Nothing Be Controversial Anymore?"
Spoof on how well Muzak fulfills most "avant garde" values and criteria.
Ear Magazine, May 1978, vol. 4, #4

"A Dialog with Laurie Spiegel"
How deteriorating economies and conservative aesthetics tend to appear in tandem,
as exemplified in the USA during the recessions of the 1930's and late 1970's.
A short essay mistitled as an interview, Ear Magazine, Vol. 2, #7, Nov.1976

"Visualize Music"
A short exercise in the visualization of music.
Ear Magazine, summer 1977, vol 3, #5

"A Pitch-to-Color Translation"
As per Helmholz, put very simply.
Ear Magazine, Vol. 3 #2, March, 1977, p. 2.

"The Core Repertory of Early American Psalmody" Edited by Richard Crawford
I was 1 of 6 primary researchers for this project at ISAM (The Institute for Studies in American Music) when I had a graduate fellowship there in 1974. It was eventually published by A-R Editions as Volumes XI and XII of the series "Recent Researches in American Music" (Madison 1984). Winner of The Sonneck Society's Irving Lowens Award, 1986.

"American Music Before 1865 in Print and on Records: A Biblio-Discography"
Initiating primary researcher for the discography component of the 1976 first edition of this prize-winning reference work. Originally published in 1976 by the Institute for Studies in American Music, CUNY, as Monograph No. 6. (The much expanded 1990 revised edition, compiled by bibliographer James R. Heintze
is currently available from ISAM as Monograph No. 30.)


Unpublished manuscript on musical form excerpted at length in
"Music in the United States: A Historical Introduction" by H. Wiley Hitchcock
Prentice-Hall, 2nd Edition, 1974


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