Here is a list of known recordings of music composed by David Tudor. Most of these are available through Electronic Music Foundation's CDeMUSIC.
NEURAL SYNTHESIS NOS. 6-9
Performed by David Tudor; produced and recorded by David Tudor and John D.S. Adams. Binaural and stereo mixes on 2 CDs.
This recording combines the art of music, the engineering of electronics, and the inspiration of biology. In it, David Tudor orchestrates electronic sound in ways analogous to our biological bodies' orchestration of consciousness. The performance originates from a neural-network synthesizer conceived and built especially for Tudor. He surrounds this synthesizer with his own unique collection of electronic devices, and in the recording on this CD made for headphone playback, he uses a new binaural technique for translating sound into out-of-head localizations in which sound seems to originate from specific, changing points within a space around the listener. Lovely Music.
DAVID TUDOR PLAYS CAGE & TUDOR
Tudor's Neural Synthesis compositions demonstrate clearly his approach to composing.
Tudor's performance of the 'Solo for Piano' from John Cage's 'Concert for Piano and Orchestra' (1958) demonstrates his approach to performance, richly varied and imaginative in its sound resources, always dramatic and clear, always with powerful and decisive gestures. This version of the 'Solo' performance is the same as the one recorded on George Avakian's 25-Year Retrospective Concert of Cage's work. It offers insight into Cage's music as well as Tudor's. Cage wrote it for Tudor and left a lot for Tudor to compose. Ear Rational.
THREE WORKS FOR LIVE ELECTRONICS
This CD contains 3 perfomances of pieces written between the years 1972 and 1981... a fruitful period for Tudor. Lovely Music.
RAINFOREST IV (1973)
"Rainforest IV (1973) is an electroacoustic environment concieved by David Tudor and realized by the group Composers Inside Electronics (John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Ralph Jones, Martin Kalve, David Tudor and Bill Viola). Each composer has designed and constructed a set of sculptures which function as instrumental loudspeakers under his control, and each independently produces sound material to display his sculptures' resonant characteristics. The appreciation of 'Rainforest IV' depends upon individual exploration, and the audience is invited to move freely among the sculptures." full color gatefold sleeve with design and photos by René BlockThe two binaural recordings are excerpts from a two-week installation of Rainforest in 1980 at the Akadamie der Kunste in West Berlin as part of the exhibition "For Eyes and Ears - from the Mechanical Clock to the Acoustic Environment" (organized by the Berlin Festival Society, the Akademie der Kunste and the Berlin Artists Program of the DAAD).
Recorded and mastered by John Driscoll (1980). German and English text.
LP Edition Block (Schaperstrasse 11, D-1000 Berlin 15, Germany) GR-EB 1 
Was available in the US and Canada through Gramavision (260 West Broadway, NY, NY 10013).
This 1973 recording was just re-released by Cramps. A wonderful piece of music.
Please check out Electronic Music Foundation's CDeMUSIC for availability. In Canada, check out Verge Music Distribution for a wide selection of these and other recordings.
If you know of any recordings that are not listed here, please, send information.
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