The Red Planet
This article was originally published in American Cinematographer 54/7 (July 1973), pp. 842ff. ©1973 ASC Holding Corp. Reprinted here with the kind permission of the publisher.
The film which is the subject of this article unfortunately seems to be lost or, at the very least, missing-in-action, so to speak. Barry Schrader recently created a ten-minute compilation of the electronic music he composed for the film (from the original 4-channel audio master) for the purpose of presenting it in concerts of electroacoustic music.
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Barry Schrader has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “a composer born to the electronic medium,” named “a seminal composer of electro-acoustic music” by Journal SEAMUS, and described by Gramophone as a composer of “approachable electronic music with a distinctive individual voice to reward the adventurous.” Computer Music Journal states that Schrader’s “music withstands the test of time and stands uniquely in the American electronic music genre.” Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real-time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. Schrader is the founder and the first president of SEAMUS, the author of Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music, and has written for several publications including several editions of Grove, Groliers Encyclopedia, and Contemporary Music Review. He is on the composition faculty of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. His music is recorded on the Innova label.