[Composer and self-described "sound designer" Teho Teardo, posing whimsically with an unimpressed tabby cat.]
Italian composer Teho Teardo's most well-known works may be his film soundtracks, but the musician (who works in both analog and digital sound media) has also collaborated with traditional art musicians such as Ennio Morricone, as well as boundary-pushing popular musicians like Blixa Bargeld and JG Thirlwell.
For centuries, mechanical music (re)production has been a pastime for the curious, the inventive, and, initially, the fabulously wealthy. Although not executed in the spirit of sonic experimentation, these innovative devices were, arguably, our first use of technology to generate meaningful sound.
[Detail of a Swiss singing bird automaton]
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