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Interview with Gustav Ciamaga

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Gustav Ciamaga, composer, teacher and writer, studied composition with John Weinzweig and John Beckwith at the University of Toronto and composition and musicology at Brandeis U in Waltham, Mass. He continued his studies in Waltham until 1963, and also organized an electronic studio. He joined the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, in 1963 and became director of the Electronic Music Studio in 1965 and chairman of the theory and composition department in 1968. Most of his compositions in the latter half of the 1960s and in the 1970s employed electronic tape. In co-operation with Hugh Le Caine of the National Research Council, Ciamaga developed apparatus, such as the Serial Sound Structure Generator, for use in the creation of electronic music. Many of his Two-Part Inventions employ this equipment. Ciamaga is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and an Honorary Member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. [Encyclopedia of Music in Canada]

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