Chadabe, Joel

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Chadabe, Joel

Chadabe, Joel, American composer; b. N.Y., Dec. 12, 1938. He studied with Will Mason at the Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill (B.A., 1959) and Carter at Yale Univ. (M.M., 1962), then taught at the State Univ. of N.Y. at Albany (from 1965), served as consultant to Bennington (Vt.) Coll. (from 1971), and was president of Intelligent Computer Music Systems, Inc. (from 1986). In 1964 he held a Ford Foundation fellowship, later receiving grants, commissions, or awards from the NEA (1976, 1985, 1988), Rockefeller Foundation (1977), N.Y. Foundation for the Arts (1985), and the Fulbright Commission (travel grant, 1988). From 1978 to 1987 he was president of Composer’s Forum, Inc. In 1994, with Paul Lansky and Neil Rolnick, he founded the Electronic Music Foundation in Albany, N.Y. His articles on electronic music have appeared in various journals, including Computer Music Journal and Contemporary Music Review. He publ. the book Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music (Upper Saddle River, N.J., 1997). His compositions make use of a variety of electronic and computer technologies.


Prelude to Naples for 4 Instruments (1965); Street Scene for English Horn, Tape, and Projections (1967); Ideas of Movement at Bolton Landing for Electronic Sounds on Tape (1971); Shadows and Lines for Electronic Sounds on Tape (1972); Flowers for Stringed Instrument and Electronic Sounds on Tape (1975); Settings for Spirituals for Singer and Computer-generated Accompaniment (1977); Solo for Computer/Synthesizer (1978; rev. 1981); Scenes from Stevens for Computer/Synthesizer System (1979); Rhythms for Computer/Synthesizer System and Percussion (1980); Variation for Piano (1983); Follow Me Softly for Computer/Synthesizer System and Percussion (1984); The Long Ago and Far Away Tango for Piano (1984); Bar Music for Computer/Synthesizer (1985); Several Views of an Elusive Lady for Soprano and Electronic Sounds on Tape (1985); Many Mornings Many Moods for Percussion, Electronics, and Orch. (1988); After Some Songs for Computer/Synthesizer and Solo Instruments (1994).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire