Collection 54 - University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio tape collection

Momenti Visage Two-part invention : no. 8

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Reference code

CA OTUFM 54

Title

University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio tape collection

Date(s)

  • 1949-1979, predominant 1959-1979 (Creation)

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Collection

Extent and medium

24 boxes of audio reels + 5 film reels + 2 card catalogues

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Name of creator

(1959-)

Administrative history

The University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio (UTEMS) was co-founded in May 1959 by Professor Myron Schaeffer and Dr. Arnold Walters, director of the Faculty of Music. Professor Harvey Olnick was also one of the original faculty members. It was the second electronic music studio in North America (preceded by the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in 1958) and the first such studio in Canada. It was originally located at 2 Division Street before moving into the basement of the Edward Johnson Building, once the building was completed (1964). Users of the studio included music faculty, students, independent scholars, and visiting composers and composition students. In addition to electronic music composition, UTEMS commissioned and invented new instruments and equipment.

Following Schaeffer's death in 1965, Professor Gustav Ciamaga became the director of the studio. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1994, at which point the position passed to Professor Dennis Patrick. Since 2019, UTEMS has been under the direction of Professor Eliot Britton.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Materials were transferred to the Music Library with from the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio (UTEMS). The transfer (A2020-05) also included some personal papers of Gustav Ciamaga and Myron Schaeffer, which had been left in the Studio. The administrative records of UTEMS are held at the University of Toronto Archives.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of electronic music compositions created at the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio (UTEMS) and copies of tapes made at other electronic music studios around the world. The collection includes the two original card-catalogue indices for the tape collection, organized by tape number and by composer.

Among the tapes that originated at UTEMS are compositions by faculty and students from the Faculty of Music, independent composers who were granted access to the studio, and compositions created by visiting artists, scholars, and composers. Composers at UTEMS included Robert Aitken, John Beckwith, Brian Cherney, Gustav Ciamaga, Richard Henninger, David Jaeger, Larry Lake, John Mills-Cockell, James Montgomery, Harvey Olnick, Dennis Patrick, Myron Schaeffer, David Williams, and many others. Composers from other studios include Milton Babbitt, Henk Badings, Luciano Berio, Hugh Le Caine, Douglas Lilburn, Pierre Schaeffer, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Vladimir Ussachevsky.

In addition to tapes created at UTEMS, the collections includes compositions created at the following studios, listed alphabetically:

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System of arrangement

Tapes are arranged alphabetically by last name of the composer (following one of the card catalogue indices). Identifiers for each item indicate the tape size, reel number (as assigned during cataloguing at UTEMS), and Side and/or Band number, if applicable (e.g., [Reel size].[Reel number]-[Side, if applicable]-[Band, if applicable]). Tapes physically arranged by tape size and number (in accordance with the second card catalogue). Names of composers are indicated as "Creators". Names of known studios are indicated as "Contributors" or as an "Event note," in the case of private studios. If performers (other than the composer) were involved in the production of the tape, and were indicated in the UTEMS card catalogue, these names are transcribed in the "Scope and Contents" notes.

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Streaming copies of some tapes available. For digital copies of other tapes, contact the Music Library.

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