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Tenney, James (Carl)locked

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  • Michael Winter,
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(b Silver City, NM, Aug 10, 1934; d Valencia, CA, Aug 24, 2006). American composer, theorist, educator and performer. His earliest documented work (Interim, 1952), made in collaboration with the filmmaker Stan Brakhage, marks the first of several personal and artistic relationships throughout his life contributing to a body of work that extends across many styles, genres and media. He pioneered and developed many musical ideas; his research in acoustics, psychoacoustics and music cognition informed his compositional approach, particularly his formal shapes and structures, which are often based on the phenomenology of music perception. Almost all of his more than 150 compositions were performed during his lifetime. He taught at various academic institutions, including the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, the New School for Social Research (...

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