Joel Chadabe




Selected writings

"About Ear to the Earth," in the Ear to the Earth Network website (, May 2007

"Electronic Music and Life," in Organized Sound (Cambridge , UK: Cambridge University Press) IX:1, April 2004

"The Interactive Instrument," in Bulletin d'Informatique Approfondie et Applications (Marseilles, France: #63, December 2002, printed May 2003) pp 23-25

"Where we're going," in Musicworks (Toronto, Canada: May 2003) #85, pp8-9

"Music and Life," in Leonardo (Cambridge MA: MIT Press), 35:5, 2002

"Preserving Performances of Electronic Music," in Sergio Canazza and Alvise Vidolin, eds., Conservation, Restoration and Archiving of Electroacoustic Music, a special issue of Journal of New Music Research (Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger, 2002) XXX:4, August 2002

"Reflections on Iannis Xenakis", in The Open Space Magazine (Red Hook, NY: #3 Spring 2001); translated as "Figur des Ubergangs: Uberlegungen zu Iannis Xenakis", in MusikTexte (Cologne, Germany: #89, May 2001)

"Remarks on Computer Music Culture", in Computer Music Journal, XXIV:4, 2000

"The Performer is Us", in Marc Battier, ed., Aesthetics of Live Electronic Music (Reading, UK: Harwood, 2000), Contemporary Music Review, XVIII:3, July 2000

"Devices I Have Known and Loved", in Marcelo Wanderly, Marc Battier, eds., Trends in Gestural Control in Music (Paris, France: IRCAM, 2000), electronic book.

"The Electronic Century", a series of four article for Electronic Musician on the history of electronic music. "Part 1: Beginnings", XVI:2, February 2000. "Part 2: Tales of the Tape", XVI:3, March 2000. "Part 3: Computers and Analog Synthesizers", XVI:4, April 2000. "Part 4: The Seeds of the Future", XVI:5, May 2000.

"A Brief Overview of Otto Laske's Work", in Jerry Tabor, ed., Otto Laske: Navigating New Musical Horizons (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999)

"Symbolic Sound Kyma", Keyboard Magazine, July 1998 (review)

"The Electronic Music Foundation", Organised Sound, II:1, 1997

"The History of Electronic Music as a Reflection of Structural Paradigms", Leonardo Music Journal (Cambridge MA: MIT Press), VI, 1996

Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996)

"Flying Through a Musical Space", in John Paynter, Richard Orton, Peter Seymour, Timothy Howell, eds., Companion to Contemporary Musical Thought (London: Routledge, 1992)

"About M", Contemporary Music Review (London: Harwood), VI:1, 1991

"A Conversation Between Joel Chadabe and Jan Williams", written with Jan Williams, Percussive Notes (Percussive Arts Society Publication), XXV:3, 1987

"Il Sistema 4i ed il tempo reale", LIMB: Quaderno 4 (Venice, Italy: La Biennale di Venezia, 1984)

"Interactive Composing", Computer Music Journal, VIII:1, 1984. Republished in Curtis Roads, ed., The Music Machine (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1989)

"Paths to a Point in a Musical Landscape", Proceedings of International Music and Technology Conference (Melbourne, Australia: IMTC, 1981)

"Solo: A Specific Example of Realtime Performance", Computer Music Report on an International Project (Ottawa: Canadian Commission for UNESCO, 1980)

"An Introduction to the PLAY Program", Computer Music Journal, II:1, 1978 (written with Roger Meyers). Republished in Curtis Roads and John Strawn, eds., Foundations of Computer Music (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1985)

"Some Reflections on the Nature of the Landscape within which Computer Music Systems are Designed", Computer Music Journal, I:3, 1977

"The Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer", in Jon Appleton and Ronald Perera, eds., The Development and Practice of Electronic Music (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975)

"Le Principe du Voltage-Controle et ses Implications pour le Compositeur", Musique en Jeu, 8, 1972; republished as "Il Principio del 'Voltage-Control' e le sue implicazioni per il Compositore", Henri Pousseur, ed., La Musica Elettronica (Milano: Feltrinelli, 1976)

"Das Elektronische Studio von Albany", Melos, May 1971

"Technical Report: The CEMS System", Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference, 1970 (New York: A.S.U.C.)

"New Approaches to Analog Studio Design", Perspectives of New Music, VI:1, 1967