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News & Notes: Lansky to retire after 45 years at Princeton

Music professor Paul Lansky will retire this month. Lansky was one of the first composers to choose a machine as his main instrument, having specialized in computer music since 1973, NJ.com reported.

Initially a French horn player and guitarist, he began digitally composing on an IBM mainframe with one megabyte of memory in the 1960s. Much of his work involved reprocessing everyday sounds such as speech.

“It was a way to experiment with sounds and a way to try things that instruments couldn’t do,” he said.

Lansky joined the faculty 45 years ago. He explained that he thought he should stop teaching at the end of this year to make way for younger people. In retirement, he plans to continue composing, travel and relax.

The University will host a concert in honor of Lansky at Taplin Auditorium on Saturday at 8 p.m. The event will include a performance of his piece “Book of Memory.”

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