Sound Recordings

Electronic Music Collection

With funding from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., the University Archives has preserved a collection of pioneering electronic music recordings. Culled from the Brandeis University Music School sound recording collection, the Electronic Music Collection is comprised of 72 musical performances that have been reformatted from reel-to-reel tape onto CD. All of the works were recorded at the former Brandeis Electronic Music Studio and date from the early period of American electronic music (1958-1968). Prominent composers such as Alvin Lucier, Ernst Krenek, Luciano Berio, and John Cage were invited to the Brandeis campus to compose and perform their works. Many of the recordings are one of a kind or represent the only known copies of particular versions of compositions, because of the unique improvisional elements they contain.

Recordings from the Electronic Music Collection are organized below by composer. These recordings are also available for listening in the Brandeis University Libraries' Creative Arts Department and may be searched in the Brandeis University Libraries' online catalog. There are links to descriptions of the recordings, which may be singular pieces, or part of larger musical works.

University Lecture Recordings

Over the years, many renowned scholars, creative artists, public intellectuals, political leaders, and social reformers have spoken at Brandeis University, often as part of standing lecture series. Many of these talks (1950s-1960s) were originally recorded on reel-to-reel audiotape, and are currently housed in the University Archives. The Department seeks to preserve these master recordings and to provide digital access to them, as resources become available. Toward that end, we digitized three lectures given at Brandeis by well-known individuals: Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Maslow / Harry Rand (joint), and Martin Luther King, Jr.