"Foonly Tunes" by Samuel Pellman

Foonly Tunes

a composition of digital sounds
in two channels

duration - 5' 35"
Click to hear a 23 second audio clip: ( mp3 File, 384K)
or a 17 second audio clip: ( WAV File, 1.5MB) or ( mp3 File, 288K)


Foonly Tunes is structured as a theme with three variations, followed by a truncated restatement of the theme. Not all fragments of the theme appear in each of the variations. The piece has a tranquil character, reminiscent of an academician's summer. Beyond this, however, there is nothing particularly programmatic about the work.

The piece was realized on the Systems Concepts Digital Synthesizer (known as the "Samson Box") at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, at Stanford University, during the months of June and July in 1983. Parameter data were entered via Leland Smith's SCORE program. The synthesizer was driven by a Foonly F-2 computer (hence, the title of the piece). The tape was then edited in the Studio for Electronic Music at Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York.

Biographical information about the composer can be found here.
Foonly Tunes can be heard on Redwood Records (ES-24)
and is published by the Continental Music Press.
copyright 1983 Samuel Pellman. All Rights Reserved.

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