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Title Synthesized Poetry Edgar Vars musical composition Po is the first musical piece that was composed solely with synthesized sounds This piece caused quite a disturbance upon its debut in 1948 at a multimedia exhibition in conjunction with the debut of the Phillips Pavilion The audience either disliked the piece with a passion or stood in awe of its magnificence After a half century of constant criticism and praise this piece is now accepted as a masterpiece Hoffer 289 One must ask what makes it aesthetically valuable The music sounds like a random arrangement of sounds on the first listen Few find it pleasant to the ears The mood of the music is eerie and cold It breaks away from the traditional notion of music as it lacks the presence of beat melody harmony and meter Hoffer 289 It is however a brilliant piece of music Po fully reflects culture of its time It also brought a wave of musical evolution and is still highly influential today The decades that followed World War II could be described as a continuous explosion of new ideas in the field of science The rate of new discoveries and inventions accelerated exponentially following World War II The new technology enabled artists to create a new variety of sounds through the new instruments invented during this period Edgar Var had a vision He set out on a journey to create a complete new sound of music as early as the 1930s Schaefer 3 He failed miserably in the earlier part of his career as a composer because he lacked the necessary technology to create revolutionary sounds and he was simply too ahead of his time to be welcomed by any critics or the public He was the forgotten man for decades Ewen 851 At the age of 75 the sonic technology and the audience finally caught up to the vision of Edgar Var with the invention and advancement
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