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Guide to the Larry Polansky Papers MSS.405

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Creator: Polansky, Larry, 1954-
Source - dnr: Polansky, Larry, 1954-
Title: Larry Polansky Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1937- ongoing
Dates [bulk]: 1970-2010
Abstract: Larry Polansky (b. 1954) is an American music composer, performer, teacher, writer, and computer programmer. The Larry Polansky Papers document an individual's ongoing career in the creation, performance, and education of music, beginning in the 1970s to the mid-2010s. The bulk of these papers consist of Polansky's extensive output as a composer through work files, performance notes, and sound recordings. Event ephemera and audiovisual recordings document musical performances and festival/conference appearances from the 1980s through the mid-2010s. This collection contains office files for Frog Peak Music, an artists' collective co-founded by Polansky and Jody Diamond, as well as administrative files for Lingua Press, a company absorbed by Frog Peak Music in 1995. Polansky's departmental files from Mills College and Dartmouth College dating from the 1980s through 2013 can also be found in this collection. Writing and project files in both paper and electronic format document Polansky's extensive and varied interests within the modern music field, covering subjects such as music composition, psychoacoustics and formal perception, new tuning systems, instrumentation, and computer programs for algorithmic composition. Of note are his work files on his profiles and analysis of various composers and their works including Johanna Magdalena Beyer, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and James Tenney. Polansky's personal files contain correspondence and subject files related to his work, illustrating his extensive network of colleagues and friends within his field. Large groupings of regularly backed up computer files containing a combination of personal and professional documents from the 1980s to the 2010s are in this collection.
Quantity: 77.50 Linear Feet in 4 record cartons, 72 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 8 tall manuscript boxes, 23 flat boxes, 9 oversize flat boxes, 2 media boxes, and 1 flat-file folder
Quantity: 268 Gigabytes in 127,537 computer files.
Quantity: 917 audiocassettes
Quantity: 131 sound cassettes (dat)
Quantity: 19 videocassettes (betamax)
Quantity: 9 videocassettes (vhs)
Quantity: 2 videocassettes (video 8)
Quantity: 2 videoreels (1/2 inch)
Quantity: 131 Reels audio reels
Quantity: 1 websites in 1 archived website.
Location: Some materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.405