An Interview with Karel Goeyvaerts: By Norma Beecroft


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Karel Goeyvaerts
b. Antwerp, June 8, 1923 – d. Antwerp, February 3, 1993

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

Belgian composer Karel Goeyvaerts was one of the first composers to work in the Electronic Music Studio of the Westdeutsche Rundfunk in Cologne, and one who could claim to be the first composer to use sine waves in his compositions, preceding his friend Karlheinz Stockhausen. A student of Maurice Martenot, inventor of the ondes Martenot, and of the famed Olivier Messiaen, Goeyvaerts speaks of these major influences on his creative output, as well as his frustrations in trying to access technical equipment in the 1950s required to further his compositional ideas.

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