Young, La Monte

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Young, La Monte (b Bern, Idaho, 1935). Amer. composer. Founded Theatre of Eternal Music, 1962. Method of composition may be deduced from his directions for perf. of certain of his works: Composition 1960 #2 is building a fire in front of the audience; #5 is releasing butterflies; Composition 1961 is ‘draw a straight line and follow it’. Has also ‘written’ The Tortoise, his dreams and journeys, a continuing perf. (since 1964) for vv., mixers, amplifiers, drones, and loudspeakers (but no tortoise).