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Interview with Trudi Le Caine

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Trudi Le Caine was the wife of the late Hugh Le Caine; Ned interviewed her about Hugh Le Caine’s work.

Patron of the CEC since 1994, Trudi Le Caine (1911–1999) was called the "‘doyenne’ of arts patrons in Ottawa” in 1991 when she awarded with membership in the Order of Canada. She fled Germany when the Nazis came to power, lived for a number of years in Spain and France and in 1942 settled in Ottawa, Canada, where she remained very active in local and national educational and cultural initiatives. Trudi is also the person who in 1971 brought the idea forward to turn Ottawa’s Rideau Canal into the world’s largest skating rink each winter, now designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. [Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), 2008]

A Canadian pioneer in electroacoustics, Hugh Le Caine (1914–1977) is best known for his many groundbreaking electronic music instruments which he started to design and build at an early age. From 1939, he worked on radar systems and in nuclear physics as a fellow with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa. In 1954 he was able to devote himself full-time to the the invention of electroacoustic tools. He taught at the University of Toronto and at McGill University and was the main impetus behind the founding of the electronic studios in both these universities (1959 and 1964, respectively). His 1955 work, Dripsody, was composed using a recording of a single drop of water and is an important and popular early example of musique concrète. [Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), 2008]

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