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Douglas Kahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257801

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257801.001.0001

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Edmond Dewan and Cybernetic Hi-Fi

Edmond Dewan and Cybernetic Hi-Fi

(p.93) 7 Edmond Dewan and Cybernetic Hi-Fi
Earth Sound Earth Signal

Douglas Kahn

University of California Press

Edmond Dewan gained national media attention for his brainwave device prior to collaborating with Lucier. His background in philosophy and music, position at Air Force Cambridge Research Lab (AFCRL), and influence of Norbert Weiner are discussed. The sound of the brainwave device in the film Forbidden Planet is discussed in relation to Norbert Weiner and John Cage. Loudspeaker use in Music for Solo Performer is placed in the context of the Boston-area hi-fi industry; the composition is closely analyzed; and Lucier’s famous composition I am sitting in a room is traced to Amar Bose’s room acoustics demonstration. The impact of the Mansfield Amendment upon collaborations between artists, composers, and scientists is discussed.

Keywords:   Alvin Lucier, Edmond Dewan, Norbert Weiner, John Cage, Amar Bose, I am sitting in a room, Music for Solo Performer, Forbidden Planet, hi-fi history, cybernetics and art, AFCRL, Mansfield Amendment

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