March 6 – Edgard Varèse, Missy Elliott

1933

French-born composer Edgar Varese blows minds with the raucous premiere in NYC’s Steinway Hall of a piece for 37 percussion instruments called Ionisation.
 
He’d moved to NYC’s Greenwich Village in 1915 with $32 in his pocket.

I long for instruments obedient to my thought and whim, with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, which will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm. — 1917

Some other better-known works include Hyperprism (1924) , Deserts (1954) and Poeme Electronique (1958, Brussels) — a taped work requiring hundreds of speakers.   MP3: PE recording 
 
Frank Zappa cites Ionisation as the source of his musical career.

I didn’t know what timbre was. I never heard of polyphony. I just liked the music because it sounded good to me. I would force anybody who came over to listen to it.

Edgar Varese ▷Father of Electronic Music▹ ▷Virtual electronic poem▹ ▷Conductor’s guide▹

2001

Rapper, songwriter dancer actress Missy Elliott releases single Get Ur Freak On (US#7,UK#4).
 
Her third studio album Miss E… So Addictive is released May 15. It includes One Minute Man (US#15,UK#10) and international club hit 4 My People (NL#2,UK#5).
 
In the years since she’s won many awards including 5 Grammies.

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