36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 239: Looking for Broken Glass


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 239 — Looking for Broken Glass
28-March-1972 (Dienstag–Tue.)


Vienna Ltr German

Another fairly productive day. Except less horn. Some typing. Keeping busy anyway.


In 1972, A busy normal day.

Looking for Broken Glass. I have mentioned before, how I think I have lost my original electronic tape, 1/4” 15-inch tape reel, of my current work in the electronic music studio—Fantasy on Broken Glass. For years, I have purposely kept this tape—in case I had the ability to dub it to a digital format. The tape was a large-reel, 15 ips, 2-track, 1/4” tape. In the past, I did own a Teac tape recorder that played this format. Unfortunately, that was given away or sold a long time ago by my brothers—during the many years I was away from home. At the time, there was no digital format to copy to.

Regardless, I tried to find the tape and couldn’t find it. This past winter, I cleaned out our attic and threw away many things, and packed many things in storage. I can’t find it in storage. Did I accidentally throw it out? I can’t believe it, if it did actually happen.

Tape splices. Interestingly, this original tape had hundreds of “tape splices” which I used to create all of the different elements of the composition. Yes, we used tape blocks, razor blades and splicing tape. It was a learning adventure. I also had an “examples” tape that demonstrated how I made the many different sound elements. These would be a great educational resource in showing how to manipulate sound. Using today’s computers and software, you could emulate the compositional techniques digitally. When I’m retired, I’ll do that.

A desperate email. In a desperate attempt to see if I can find a copy of the original tape, I found an English site for the Hochschule für Musik and sent them an email/contact request. Here is a bit a the letter, in English and German. How’s my German? (German in opening photo; English below.)

Vienna Ltr English

No response yet. Either they don’t use that web site often, or they are not sure what to do. It is also possible the electronic music center has moved away.

If you are in the Vienna Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and can help me, please email me. Editor’s note: there are only a few readers of this blog and they are not in Vienna. Sure, it’s a desperate cry for help. Happy


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