A Canadian pioneer in electroacoustics, Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977) is best known for his many groundbreaking electronic music instruments which he started to design and build at an early age. From 1939, he worked on radar systems and in nuclear physics as a fellow with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa. In 1954 he was able to devote himself full-time to the the invention of electroacoustic tools. He taught at the University of Toronto and at McGill University and was the main impetus behind the founding of the electronic studios in both these universities (1959 and 1964, respectively). His 1955 work, Dripsody, was composed using a recording of a single drop of water and is an important and popular early example of musique concrète.
[Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), 2008]
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