Computer Music in Chile 1970-1980: COMDASUAR

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  • Latin American Forum #1: Alternative History of Computer Music

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  • Computer Music in Chile 1970-1980: COMDASUAR

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  • Panel: Latin American Forum #1: Alternative History of Computer Music

    This presentation focuses on experiments in computer music by engineer and composer José Vicente Asuar (1933) in Chile between 1970 and 1980; special attention is paid to the development of his own computational system for music composition: the Asuar Analog Digital Computer COMDASUAR around 1978. The work done by Asuar is contextualized in view of other developments in computer music and computer technology. Asuar’s case can be regarded as exemplary, since he was very active between the decades of the nineteen fifties and the nineteen eighties in the electro- acoustic musical scene in Chile as well as in Europe, the United States and other Latin American countries, and his work can be seen as a constant and continuous development of musical ideas materialized in a series of papers, compositions, albums and technological solutions.

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