Hugh Le Caine: Compositions and Demonstrations 1946 to 1974
(JWD 03) includes all the recordings mentioned here, 38 tracks
in all. Available in stores, or by mail order from:
Hugh Le Caine Project,
146 Ridge Road West,
L3M 4E7, Canada.
a cheque or money order for $18. which includes postage. For further
information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sackbut Blues:
Hugh Le Caine, Pioneer in Electronic Music
by Gayle Young
biography is intended for general readers with an interest in
historical Canadian enterprises, both cultural and scientific.
It will be of particular interest to musicians and composers who
use electronic instruments.
The Sackbut Blues,
by Gayle Young, published by the National Museum of Science and
Technology in Ottawa (ISBN
0-660-12006-2), is available through the
University of Toronto Press in Canada, and the University of Chicago
Press in the USA. Issued also in French under the title: "Blues
pour saqueboute: Hugh Le Caine, pionnier de la musique électronique."
For further information phone +1/613 991-2983. The National Museum
of Science and Technology houses an extensive collection of Le
The Sackbut Blues: two corrections
On pages 122 and 134, the last line was deleted in the design
stage by mistake. They should read:
p. 122: Le Caine was not the person to show the three composers
at the University of Toronto studio how to use the Multi-track.
He was aware that the limitations...
p. 134: The Two Channel Alternator was used to alternate a sound
from channel to channel, an idea that was suggested by Gustav
Ciamaga. Le Caine built...
… essential and
historically significant… documents thoroughly, and at long last,
Le Caine's radical and visionary notions of experimental electronic
Polansky, Option Magazine
Le Caine was a
Canadian original… He was the acknowledged world leader in many
areas of electronic music research. Each of his instruments was
unique and anticipated developments on the world stage… Le Caine
was also a composer of genius. His first electronic work, Dripsody,
has been recognized as one of the masterpieces of the genre.
Lake, Music Magazine
… from the vantage
point of 1990, it is difficult to cite any Canadian composer of
the 1950's and 1960's--electronic or otherwise--whose work is
more original or more assured in technique than [Le Caine's].
We must grant that his musical output was small, but each piece
is significant because of Le Caine's ability to pose, and to solve,
Cross, Canadian Association of Music Libraries Newsletter
… more than a
historical curiosity. It is a fun record to listen to [also providing]
a hint of the possibilities others should still examine and pursue.
Siskind, Ottawa Citizen
The Sackbut Blues
is an excellent reference for understanding Le Caine's important
Chadabe, Electronic Music Foundation
Hugh Le Caine:
Compositions & Demonstrations
LP (33 1/3 rpm)
released 1985 by JWD Music, in cooperation with the Hugh Le Caine
Project. Produced by Gayle Young. Sound Engineering by Larry Lake.
Jacket design by Reinhard Reitzenstein and Tina Pearson.
of Hugh Le Caine by Reinhard Reitzenstein, from cover of LP jacket.