Silver Apples of the Moon

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

by: W.B. Yeats

Morton Subotnick
American electronic composer Morton Subotnick found the line ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’ from Yeats’ poem such an ideal reflection of his composition that he used it as the title.  In 1967, Nonesuch were the first record company to comission an electronic work, Subotnick created a new appoach, using patterns and rhythmic sections to deliver a cohesion to the pitch shifting and tonal changes achievable with early experimental electronic music.

The Silver Apples
Silver Apples were an American psychedelic electronic music duo from New York, composed of Simeon, on a primitive synthesizer of his own devising (also named The Simeon), and drummer Danny Taylor. They were one of the first groups to employ electronic music techniques extensively within a rock idiom. Their minimalistic style derived from the sound of drums, electronic pulses and frequently discordant modality, anticipated not only the experimental electronic music, krautrock, 90’s Dance music and the the band Suicide.

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