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SCHUMACHER RATT, Federico. Electroacustic Music in Chile: Fifty years. Rev. music. chil. [online]. 2007, vol.61, n.208, pp.66-81. ISSN 0716-2790.

Fifty years ago, León Schidlowsky wrote Nacimiento (Birth), the first electroacustic work in composed Chile. Fifty years have elapsed of a history which very frequently has been forgotten. It is mude up of resounding achievements, periods of development, sometimes interrupted, and very meaningful gaps. Like a pendulum, electroacustic music in Chile has swung from periods of great passion and interest to other periods when has been practically ignored, and viceversa. In spite of almost half a century of history in Chile and a slightly longer period in the world, it would seem that the extent and possibilities of electroacustic music or better, the concept underlying this music -a technology applied to music, or more precisely to music informatics- have not been adequately analyzed, understood and projected in our milieu in terms of the present and future musical output. In this article we wil try to approach the possibilities and requirements of electroacustic music from the standpoint of analysis, composition and performance. To start with, a brief survey of the history of electroacustic music in Chile will be presented, with an emphasis on the extremes, i_e the beginnings and the most recent years

Keywords : electroacustic music; Chilean music; Chilena composers.

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