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Larry Polansky

CountryUnited States of America
OccupationComposer, Performer, Teacher

Larry Polansky is a composer, theorist, performer, software designer, teacher, writer, editor and publisher. He is the Straus Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, teaching in the graduate program in electro-acoustic music. From 1980–90 he worked at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music Center as staff and faculty. He is one of the three co-authors (with Phil Burk and David Rosenboom) of the widely used computer music language HMSL, and helped implement the spectral mutation functions in the popular computer music application Soundhack, authored by Tom Erbe. He is the co-founder and co-director of Frog Peak Music (A Composers’ Collective), the founding guest editor of the Leonardo Music Journal, and works with various other organizations dedicated supporting interesting musical ideas. He is an active performer as a guitarist, and frequently works on the music of other composers, including Johanna Beyer, Ruth Crawford Seeger, James Tenney, and others.

His solo CDs are on Artifact (The Theory of Impossible Melody, Simple Harmonic Motion, Change), Pogus, Cold Blue (Four Voice Canons), and New World Records (Lonesome Road). His book on Ruth Crawford (The Music of American Folk Song) is published by Rochester University Press. His current musical ensembles include Trio (with Kui Dong and Christian Wolff).
His CD THe World's Longest Melody, on New WOrld Records, was just picked as one of the 50 best CDs of the year by Wire magazine.

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