Halim Abdul Messieh El-Dabh born March 4, 1921 is an Egyptian-born American composer, performer, ethnomusicologist, and educator, who has had a career spanning six decades. He is particularly known as an early pioneer of electronic music and for having composed the first piece of electronic tape music, specifically an electroacoustic musique concrète piece, ("Wire Recorder Piece" 1944) and later for his influential work at the Columbia–Princeton Electronic Music Center from the late 1950s to early 1960s. (Wikipedia) 1. Sonic No. 7 and No. 10 by Halim El-Dabh. 1955. Performed by Blake Tyson at the Beijing Central Conservatory (2009)
. Halim El-Dabh composed Sonic No. 7 and No.10 using a notation system that he created in order to indicate thousands of subtle variations in sound. The notation system indicates specific fingering, the position and shape of hands and fingers, methods of striking or silently touching the head and body of the drum, differing degrees of resonance, pitch bending, and more.
2. Juxtaposition No. 1 by Halim El-Dabh. 1959. Performed by UCA Percussion (2009). Written in 1959, Juxtaposition No. 1 is Halim El-Dabh's earliest work for percussion ensemble. The timpani writing draws on techniques explored in his earlier works for solo derabucca, such as "Sonic No. 7 and No. 10."
3.The Miraculous Tale by Halim El-Dabh. 2007. Performed by
Ken Radnofsky and Takaaki Masuko on the occassion of the composers 86th birthday at the Distler Performance Hall, Tufts University,on March 4, 2007. The world premiere performance of "The Miraculous Tale," a work for alto saxophone and derabucca (Egyptian goblet drum), by the Egyptian-born American composer Halim El-Dabh (b. 1921). The work is in three movements: Lightning, Tenderness, and Stratosphere.
4."My Life is Vibration": Halim El-Dabh, Blake Tyson 2009 (Documentary)
When 23 percussionists joined together to commission Halim El-Dabh to compose a new work for solo vibraphone, Blake Tyson spent a couple of days with the composer developing the peice, this is an excerpt from their conversation.
5.Sailing Wind by Halim El-Dabh 2009. Performed by Blake Tyson at PASIC 2010
"That night I dreamt I was in midair surrounded by many vibraphones. In the dream I was part of the whole atmosphere, floating and dancing with vibraphones while I was sailing with the wind. I woke up and named the composition Sailing Wind."