Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

Aurelio de la Vega (Cuba)

The electronic music production of Aurelio de la Vega (born in Havana, 1925; living in Los Angeles, California, United States, since 1959) was closely related to the Electronic Music Studio at California State University, Northridge, which he founded and directed from 1962 to 1992. Two purely electronic music works were composed there by de la Vega: "Vectors" (monaural tape, 1963) and "Extrapolation" (stereo tape, 1981). Works for instruments and pre-recorded electronic or electronically treated acoustical sounds include: "Interpolation", for clarinet and stereo tape, 1965; "Tangents", for violin and stereo tape, 1973; "Para-Tangents", for C trumpet and stereo tape, 1973; "Inflorescencia" ("Inflorescence"), for soprano, bass clarinet and tape, on a poem by the composer, 1976, and "Asonante" ("Assonant"), for soprano, dancer(s), flute, trumpet, trombone, piano, violin, cello, double bass and stereo tape, also on a poem by the composer, 1985. The Revista Musical Chilena published in 1965 his article "En torno a la Música Electrónica" ("Regarding electronic music") where he explains some of his thoughts about electronic music, speaks of "Vectors" (that is the last expanded movement of a piece entitled "Coordinates", which is no longer in his catalogue of works), and tells about the equipments at that time of the aforementioned studio. At present, Aurelio de la Vega is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of California State University, Northridge, where he taught music composition for thirty three years.

(text updated: March, 2003)

Resources available for this composer:
- List of compositions (7 compositions)