The League of Automatic Music Composers 1978-1983
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80671     Release Date: 2007-01-01

John Bischoff, Jim Horton, Tim Perkis, David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Rich Gold

The League of Automatic Music Composers was a band/collective of electronic music experimentalists active in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1977 and 1983. Widely regarded as the first musicians to incorporate the newly available microcomputers of the day into live musical performance, the League created networks of interacting computers and other electronic circuits with an eye to eliciting surprising and new "musical artificial intelligences." We approached the computer network as one large, interactive musical instrument made up of independently programmed automatic music machines, producing a music that was noisy, difficult, often unpredictable, and occasionally beautiful.

The work of the League partook of the distinctive cultural atmosphere of the San Francisco Bay Area in the seventies and eighties, a rich blend of communal ideologies, radical culture, technical innovation, intellectual ferment, and a hands-on attitude that has been a hallmark of California life since the pioneer days. In the air then there was a sense of new possibilities, and the feeling of the need to build a culture from the ground up. For music, specifically, this meant redefining everything about how it's done, from the instruments and tuning systems to the musical forms, venues, and social relations among players and audiences.

                             —Tim Perkis and John Bischoff

The release of this historic compilation restores a vital link in the recorded history of live electronic music and as such is an essential document for anyone interested in the evolution of the American Experimental tradition.

League of Automatic Composers

The League of Automatic Music Composers 1978-1983

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Track Listing

Dense Drone
Tim Perkis
Martian Folk Music
Tim Perkis
Finnish Hall
Rich Gold
Oakland One
Tim Perkis
Radio Air Check
Tim Perkis
Oakland Three
Tim Perkis
Oakland Four
Tim Perkis
Blind Lemon
David Behrman
Pedal with Twitter
Tim Perkis
Oakland Two
Tim Perkis