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James Tenney

James TenneyAKA James Carl Tenney

Born: 10-Aug-1934
Birthplace: Silver City, NM
Died: 24-Aug-2006
Location of death: Valencia, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer, Scholar

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A History of 'Consonance' and 'Dissonance'

Music theorist, perhaps best known for his electroacoustic pieces, which include Collage #1 (Blue Suede) (1961), an intricate collage of Elvis Presley's rendition of the Carl Perkins song "Blue Suede Shoes", and For Ann (Rising) (1969), a long piece demonstrating a Shepard tone, the auditory equivalent of the persistence of motion illusion (say, a spiraling barbershop pole), in which a sound is perceived to be steadily rising in pitch.

Wife: Lauren Pratt

    University: Engineering, University of Denver (1952-54)
    University: Juilliard School of Music (1954-55)
    University: BA, Bennington College (1958)
    University: M.Mus, University of Illinois (1961)
    Professor: California Institute of the Arts (1970-75)
    Professor: University of California at Santa Cruz (1975-76)
    Professor: York University Toronto (1976-2000)
    Professor: Music Composition, California Institute of the Arts (2000-06)

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Author of books:
META/HODOS: A Phenomenology of 20th-Century Musical Materials and an Approach to the Study of Form (1961, music theory)
META Meta/Hodos (1975, music theory)
John Cage and the Theory of Harmony (1984, music theory)
A History of 'Consonance' and 'Dissonance' (1988, music theory)


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