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Arnold Dreyblatt

Biography

Composer and visual artist Arnold Dreyblatt is one of post-Minimalist America's strongest voices. He studied under LaMonte Young, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier in the early 1970s, and even worked as Young's tape archivist from 1975-1976. This period was integral in his development as a composer and shows in his distinctly rhythmic, sonically mature and exact compositions. Fascinated by the concepts of just intonation, cellular rhythms and single string dynamics, his musical work (most famously with an ensemble called the Orchestra of Excited Stings) is almost tribal in its propulsive, percussive energy. Marked by precise repetitions and rich overtones, his work recalls the raw, loft-era work of Philip Glass ("Music in Fifths') or Terry Riley ("In C").

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