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The Source: The Father Of Electronic Music Visits San Antonio & URBAN-15

David Martin Davies
SA Composer George Cisneros of Urban-15 (left) with modern music legend Morton Subotnick in the KSTX Studios

Ground-breaking avant-garde composer and musician Morton Subotnick has been called the father of electronic music and is a visionary who predicted the age of non-linear interactive media.

Subotnick is in San Antonio for a series of concerts and workshops and he continues to educate and enlighten audiences around the world with non-traditional structures of music.

"Silver Apples on the Moon" was released in 1967 and was the first time that someone produced an album almost solely in post-production. It was certainly ahead of it’s time, and may even be ahead of our time.

Subotnick is recognized as a pioneer in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance. It’s part of modern culture that we take for granted today; DJ techniques like sampling, scratching, looping and mash-ups can be traced back to Subotnick and "Silver Apples of the Moon."

Subotnick is in San Antonio this weekend thanks to local composer George Cisneros and his group Urban-15.  Subotnick is having a series of concerts and workshops. He also spent time working with local hearing impaired children at Sunshine Cottage.

Now at 80 years old, Subotnick continues to perform around the globe and compose and break new ground just like he did when he released "Silver Apples of the Moon."

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