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Women Composers and Music Technology in the United States

Crossing the Line, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner


308 pages

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Hardback: 9780754604617
pub: 2006-02-23
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Featuring analytical discussions or descriptions of about 150 different pieces of electroacoustic music by women composers in the United States, this book is the most definitive attempt to date to discuss the achievements of women as composers of experimental and avant-garde music from the 1930s to the present day. Using a wealth of primary material such as interviews and personal correspondence, Women Composers and Music Technology also explores currently relevant issues in gender and technology. Drawing out the relationships between composers and their working environments, and between teachers and students, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner discusses the contribution of women composers to electroacoustic music. Complete with a bibliography and discography covering the work of 90 composers, the book is a valuable resource for those wishing to learn more about particular composers and their works. Further volumes are planned which will cover composers from continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South America and Australasia.


’…a much-needed chronicle of the considerable contributions made by American-born or -educated women to electroacoustic music…Highly recommended.’ Choice 'Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner makes a truly extraordinary contribution to music history… this extensively researched book […] certainly will become the cornerstone for future research into the important contributions of women in the field of music technology… It is rare to read a book that so solidly fills the historical gaps, and in doing so offers such a fertile beginning for future research. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner has made a vital contribution to music history, one of great consequence both to the field and to future women composers seeking role models and their history. This book is a must for every academic library, and a must-read for every teacher of music technology or music history.' Seamus Newsletter ’… the most substantial publication to date to investigate the achievements of women composers of electro-acoustic music…Hinkle-Turner designed her text to be accessible to readers from a variety of musical and educational backgrounds, successfully accommodating several levels of expertise… Because Hinkle-Turner's documentation of womens' contributions to the genre of electro-acoustic music is unique in its scope, I recommend Women Composers and Music Technology in the United States to libraries supporting any type of music program.'’ Notes ’With a selected discography, an extensive biography and many references to websites, Hinkle-Turner's book provides informative introductions to about a hundred women composers and offers many suggestions for further reading and listening… Women Composers and Music Technology in the United States provides a great deal of material for further research and discussion. For anyone who believes that there are not many interesting female composers, this book ought to be a compulsory read… For all those interested in women's work in electroacoustic

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Precedents and pioneers; A generation of growth and influence; Continued promise for the future; In the spotlight: role models rise in the mainstream; Finding their visual voice: composers explore multimedia technology; Where are we now?; Sources for electroacoustic music by women; Selected discography; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner is DMA Student Computing Services Manager at the University of North Texas, Denton, USA. Her article 'Women and Music Technology: Pioneers, Precedents and Issues in the United States' (Organised Sound, 2003) won the 2005 Pauline Alderman Award for Outstanding Scholarship on Women in Music.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General