Like electronic music pioneers Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire, Laurie Spiegel was (and is) a unique figure in the history of electronic music.

Having worked at Bell Laboratories and as an early computer graphics designer and program developer, Spiegel was intrigued by the potential of using new technology as a vehicle for creating art. She developed early drawing/painting programs, which were the basis for primitive design programs like Mac Paint. She also developed the first mulitple platform music creation programs for Mac & Atari in the mid 80s. In addition, she created musical soundscapes for NYs public television station.

Although a purposely anonymous figure to the world at large, Spiegel’s music was highly regarded by electronic music nerds of all stripes. Spiegel has the distinction of having her interpretation of Johanne Kepler’sMusic of the Spheres” included on the Voyager spacecraft’s legendary Golden Record.

Recently, Spiegel’s work has come to light again thanks to a fantastic reissue of her “The Expanding Universe” album with 15 previously unreleased works and her 1975 track “Drums” getting reworked by Junior Boys‘ Jeremy Greenspan for a new 12″ out on Caribou’s label Jiaolong.

Related Posts with Thumbnails


  • Marian said:

    I knew Delia Derbyshire, but has not listened to Laurie Spiegel before. Thanks.

  • Album Releases said:

    shes a great artist and her new album is great

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.