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Dripsody (1955)

Hugh Le Caine

One hundred years ago, on May 27, 1914, the Canadian composer, physicist, designer and inventor Hugh Le Caine was born. After many years of research as a nuclear physicist he gradually switched his attention to music. Far from the world centres of electroacoustic music, he designed and constructed more than twenty unique electromechanical and electronic musical instruments, often based on original technical solutions that were well ahead of their time in terms of contemporary developments in the field.

The most famous of Le Caine’s compositions is Dripsody, which was created in 1955 from the sound of a single drop of water. For the sound processing the author used one of his many unique musical instruments -- a Special Purpose Tape Recorder enabling him to transform, superimpose and connect sound patterns.