MATRIXSYNTH: New Book on Max Brand - MACHINES FOR THE OPERA. THE COMPOSER MAX BRAND

Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Book on Max Brand - MACHINES FOR THE OPERA. THE COMPOSER MAX BRAND


This one in via Brian Kehew:

"There is a new book on Max Brand, German composer who lived in the USA for a while. He used the Trautonium and, later, was an early Moog synthesizer customer...

It is written bilingually, in English and German"

You can find the German page on the book here, Googlish here.

See the Max Brand label for previous posts if you are not familiar with him.

via the Googlish translation:

"A contemporary of Arnold Schoenberg and Kurt Weill Max Brand was a figure between late romanticism, futurism and outbreaks of the electronic age. The cultural breakdown by the Nazis, before which he fled in 1937 from Vienna and ended up in Rio de Janeiro, began a promising career as an opera composer to an end. In 1940 he settled in New York, where he pursued his vision of an electronic music machine for the stage. Many attempts did not lead on, one of which was an optical synthesizer with self-drawn waveforms, finally Moogtonium, a slightly ajar to the Mixturtrautonium Oskar Salas, Robert A. Moog synthesizer built. The development work on the machine dragged on far too long, so that fire could never realize his dream to have an electronic one-man band for the operatic stage. In 1975 he returned to Austria, where he lived in Langenzersdorf and in 1980 died.

As a contemporary of Arnold Schoenberg and Kurt Weill, Max Brand was a figure shaped by late romanticism, futurism, and the early electronic age. The cultural upheaval Caused by the Nazis, from splat he fled from Vienna to Rio de Janeiro in 1937, put on end to a very promising career as composer of opera. In 1940 he settled in New York, where he worked to realize his visions of an electronic music machine for the stage. There were many Attempts, Which all fell short, one of which thesis on optical synthesizer with waveforms he drew himself, and finally the Moogtonium, a synthesizer based on Oskar Sala's Mixture-Trautonium and engineered by Robert A. Moog. But development Took much too long, and fire that never able to Fulfill his dream of an electronic one-man orchestra for the opera stage. In 1975 he returned to Austria, where he lived until his death in Langenzersdorf in 1980th"

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