Morton Subotnick's <i>Silver Apples of the Moon</i> Among 25 Named to the National Recording Registry
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June 29, 2010

Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon Among 25 Named to the National Recording Registry

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The Librarian of Congress named the 25 new additions to the eighth annual National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, which will ensure that these cultural, artistic and historical recordings are always available to the American public. The selections for the 2009 registry bring the total number of recordings to 300. The list of recordings named to the registry features a diverse selection of spoken word and musical recordings that span the years 1913-1995. Among the ASCAP selections are “When You Wish Upon a Star,” the Gypsy original cast recording, The Band’s eponymous album, Patti Smith’s Horses, Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama” and Morton Subotnick’s Silver Apples of the Moon. Subotnick composed Silver Apples of the Moon entirely on the Buchla Electronic Music Box, a modular analogue synthesizer designed by electrical engineer Don Buchla in 1963. One of the unique features of Buchla’s instrument was its use of the electronic sequencer. Subotnick uses the sequencer extensively and effectively in the creation of many repeated figures in the recording, creating a canonical statement for this pioneering technology.