David Behrman (b. 1937)

Wave Train (LP, 1981)

1. Canon (1959)
piano and percussion
performers : david tudor and christoph caskel
recorded december 1959 in brussles, belgium

2. Ricercar A(1961)
prepared piano
perfomer : david behrman
recorded november 1962 in new york city

3. Ricercar B(1961)
prepared piano
perfomer : david behrman
recorded november 1962 in new york city

4. Wave Train (1966)
piano resonace with feedback
perfromers : gordon mumma and david behrman
concept performance at baird hall, buffalo, n.y., feburuary 22, 1968

5. Sounds for a Film by Robert Watts (1968)
outdoor recording and collage of electronic sounds

6. Players with Circuits (1966)
electronics and piano
performers : gordon mumma and david behrman
concept performance at the lincoln center library, n.y. city, june 12, 1966

7. Runthrough (1967-1968)
homemade synthesizers and photocell mixers
performers : rober ashley, alvin lucier, gordon mumman and david behrman
recorded oct. 1968 at rode art museum, brandeis university, waltham, ma

Various Tracks

1. Wave Train (15:32)

2. Landscape with David Behrman (Interview)

3. Music with Melody-Driven Electronics

4. Runthrough

5. David Behrman – Interspecies Smalltalk, Part 2 (Excerpt) 5:42

Computer [Computer Music System], Producer – David Behrman
Engineer [Recording], Producer – Steve Cellum
Violin – Takehisa Kosugi

David Behrman is a composer of music and designer of sound installations which often use microcomputers, video graphics displays, computer music hardware and sensors for linking people to electronic music systems. His installations have been shown at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, and Fuer Augen and Ohren in Berlin. He is currently collaborating with George Lewis on an interactive computer music installation for La Villette, the national museum of science and industry in Paris.

Behrman studied with Walter Piston, Wallingford Riegger, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Henri Pousseur. Together with Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma, he founded the Sonic Arts Union in 1966 which toured from 1966 till 1976. He produced the Music of our Time series of recordings for Columbia Masterworks in 1967-1970, which included albums by many influential composers.

Behrman toured as composer/performer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1970 through 1976 and was commissioned to compose music for several of the company's repertory pieces. He and Robert Ashley were Co-directors of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills from 1975 to 1980. In 1983 and 1984, as consultant to Children's Television Workshop, he composed music and designed sound software for children's educational games on home computers. John Rockwell referred to Behrman in the book All American Music as "a leader in the school of newly humanized electronic music".

Interspecies Smalltalk is a set of pieces for instrumental players and a computer-based music performance system 'designed and assembled by the composer. The system consists of pitch sensors ('ears' for listening to the players), a color video-graphics display and various computer-controlled music-making devices, some homemade. Each piece consists of a computer program governing interaction between performers and the system, and each creates situations rather than set compositions: the performers have options rather than instructions, and the exploration of each situation as it unfolds is up to them.

1. From SOURCE: Music of the Avant-Garde

2-3 from Music with Roots in the Aether

4. From the LP Sonic Arts Union

5. From Music From Mills (1986)

David Behrman in UbuWeb Film