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The San Francisco Tape Music Center Was an Early Home to the Avant-Garde

San Francisco Tape Center

Bill Maginnis, Tony Martin, Ramon Sender, Mort Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros. Photo courtesy of the Center for Contemporary Music Archive.

The San Francisco Tape Music Center was created under the premise of utilizing magnetic tape and electronics as compositional tools, but its legacy has touched nearly all aspects of the avant-garde. The Center’s foundations were laid by a handful of progressive West Coast composers and artists who were interested in electronic music, the tape medium, and the idea of pushing art forward.

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