Morton Subotnick press reviews
Surface Magazine, 2000
"The crowd at Aquarius records looks straight out of Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49-that scene in the bar called the Scope, where electronic music rules the jukebox and choruses..."
Merge Magazine, Summer 2000
"Now in his late 60's, Morton Subotnick is finally seeing his musical dream come true - electronic music is finding its way into your home..."
Popular Science, March 1992
"When conductor Lawerence Leighton Smith stepped onto the podium at Carnegie Hall in New York City las October, he faced a full orchestra with some unusual additons..."
Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2003 - An electronic live wire
"In the early 60's, Morton Subotnick began to experiment with an infant art form. Now he's 70, and he and electronic music are being recognized for their maturity."
Clevelend Free Times, March 10-16, 2004 - Space-Age Subotnick
"Late 60's hipsters of a more culturally esoteric bent could be counted on to have an armload of LPs from Nonesuch Records featuring some of the most envelope-tearing avant-garde-isms from American composers at mid-century."
Pasadena Weekly, October 7, 2004 - Morton Subotnick: The Music Man
"Using her mouse, a student draws a long line, then a short line, then another long line. She clicks on various buttons and a cacophony escapes the computuer. A man with a snow-white beard and sandals leans over her chair. 'Let's hear it again,' says Morton Subotnick, electronic composer and founder of the Making Music Through Technology class, an extracurricular program at the Armory Center for the Arts."
MS is featured prominently on Minnesota Public Radio's series American Mavericks during the program titled From Moog to Mark II to MIDI to MAX which traces the evolution of electronics in American music, interspersing Subotnick's thoughts and memories on the subject throughout.
The following Real Player files are interviews included on Program 11's webpage:
MS American Mavericks interview (29:00s)
Interview from MPR's syndicated program The Composers Voice (29:00s)
New Music Box, 2000 Morton Subotnick:Composer as Educator from "Don't Quit Your Day Job"
"When Morton Subotnick's LP Silver Apples of the Moon was released in 1967, it caused a stir: it was the first electronic music album that was created expressly for the LP."
The Globe and Mail, January 31, 1986 Toronto, CA - Composer Goes from Apples to Amphibians
- Double Life of Amphibians
"Morton Subotnick, the U.S. composer appearing at Toronto's Walter Hall tonight with his vocalist wife Joan LaBarbara, has an interesting problem..."
New York Times, April 16, 1994 - Electronic Sounds Evoke Earth, Sky, Humanity
- All My Hummingbirds Have Alibis
"Electronic Music no longer has the cache it once had, offering composers liberation from mundane human practitioners and overly familiar instruments." NY Times Online
Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2003 - With electricity charging the air (REVIEW)
- Various Pieces Reviewed
"Laptop, soundboard and capable players enable Morton Subotnick, rarely heard in L.A., to generate a current."
New York Times, April 24, 2004 - From a Sound Explorer, Serenades for Laptop
- "Electronic Works Vol. II"
In 1967, when the electronic composer Morton Subotnick released 'Silver Apples of the Moon,' he seemed to be exploring a limitless world. Four decades later, his pioneering compositions are appealing in part because they evoke an earlier era: a time when electronic music sounded, well, electronic; when the future was all blips and gurgles." NY Times Online
Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2004 - Zestful Musings from the Left Edge
"What could be Morton Subotnick's final work - 'Release' - makes its west coast debut."
Parents' Choice Awards, 2004
- Hearing Music
Morton Subotnick's Hearing Music has been designated a 2004 Parents' Choice Recommended Award winner. The Parents' Choice Awards program received many strong entries this season; Morton Subotnick's Hearing Music is among the small percentage selected to receive a Parents' Choice Award. Learn more at www.parentschoice.org
Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2004 - It's easy as A, B-flat, C
- Zimmer Museum Installation
"Programs and technology designed to foster and encourage children's love of music are flourishing, as educators find ways to tap into kids' potential."
Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2005 - Composers show off innovative edge
"The sonic explorations of Morton Subotnick and Paul Dresher shine through in EAR Unit performance."
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 21, 2006
- An Aresenal of Defense
" Since his Silver Apples of the Moon, written in 1967, Subotnick has been the leading figure in the constantly evolving field of electronic music..."
Children's Technology Review, January 1, 2007
- Playing Music
"A fun way to introduce classical music to children, this is a collection of five activities, along with a concert hall and a glossary of 20 musical terms."
Los Angeles Times Calendar Weekend, Thursday May 3, 2007 - Music Review
- The Other Piano
"Vicki Ray premieres Subotnick's 'Other Piano'"
L.A. Weekly, Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - by Alan Rich
- The Other Piano
"A lot of Night Music"
New York Times, Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - by Bernard Holland
- The Other Piano, Breath and Until Spring Revisited v14
"...the composer played gracious and discreet partner to Marilyn Nonken's piano and Joan LaBarbara's wordless vocal delivery; then he put his own art and personality on display with Until Spring Revisited v14."