Tod Dockstader - Luna Park
  Year :   1961
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Tape Composition
  Materials:   -
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  Work Details  
  Luna Park was my first new piece in stereo. I used some of the techniques Id learned doing Travelling Music: tape-echo antiphony, delay between channels, placement, and panning. By now, the organization of the sounds was very important to me: Luna is a very simple piece: three movements - fast/slow/fast - using few sound materials (people remember the laughter; one station broadcast it as Dockstaders Laughing Music - but there isnt actually that much laughter in it). I wanted it to be silly and sad and simple. The title comes from the old Luna Park at Coney Island, named for Miss Luna Dundy of Des Moines, sister of one of the park s founders. The park burned down in the 1940s, and, by the time I saw it, all that remained was a vast, rutted parking lot. Sound Sources First Part * Sped laughter of two people * little bells * one generator Second Part * Piano sped and slowed * bamboo flute * marimba (dropped) * metal bowl (bell) * something called a bell-tree (an Asian instrument, I believe) * water * more laughter Third Part * The Third Part used one generator (all the notes were played with a razor blade and splicing tape, then the tape was sped, overdubbed, and inverted) Accessed 15.11.06 from