An Interview with Gustav Ciamaga: By Norma Beecroft

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Gustav Ciamaga
b. London, Ontario, April 10, 1930 – d. Toronto, June 11, 2011

Interviewed by Norma Beecroft as part of her ebook, Conversations With Post World War II Pioneers of Electronic Music.

Recorded on audio cassette.
Digital transfer and editing: William Van Ree

Gustav Ciamaga was a senior voice in the field of electroacoustic composition in Canada, as illustrated by his writings and compositions using the resources of the tape studio and the computer. As a music educator on the faculty of the University of Toronto, he served as director of electronic music studio (UTEMS), was chairman of the school’s theory and composition department, and was Dean of the faculty from 1977-1984.

An honorary member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, Ciamaga was a major collaborator with Hugh Le Caine, Canada’s pioneer in electronic music, in the design of instruments for electronic composition. Together they developed devices such as the Serial Structure Generator, and his experiments with this apparatus resulted in a series of Two Part Inventions. While Ciamaga’s compositions include many non electronic works, since the mid 1960s his commitment to technological developments is revealed in his many works of that period.

You can read the transcript of the interview, along with interviews of 22 other electroacoustic composers, by purchasing the ebook here.