By his retirement in 1974, he had designed 15 new instruments. He carefully considered their musical expressivity, designing them to accommodate the needs of performers, composers and listeners rather than the demands of the technology. He composed a series of studies at the NRC lab, one of which, Dripsody (1955), now a classic of electronic music, uses only the sound of the fall of a single drop of water, transformed by tape-speed changes.
The first electronic music studio in Canada, the second in North America, was opened at the University of Toronto in 1959. Its unique equipment, designed by Le Caine, used innovative methods of sound production, extending the possibilities available to composers, and attracting many from across Canada and abroad. Le Caine published many articles on his work, primarily in technical journals. Recognized internationally for his contribution to the development of electronic music, he was awarded 3 honorary doctorates in Canada.
See also ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC.
Author GAYLE YOUNG
Links to Other Sites
Hugh Le Caine
A profile of Hugh Le Caine from The Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.
Hugh Le Caine fonds
Information page for the Hugh Le Caine fonds. From Library and Archives Canada.
Portrait of a Scientist/Musician
An obituary for Dr. Hugh LeCaine, the father of electronic music in Canada. From the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Canada.
The sackbut blues: Hugh Le Caine, pioneer in electronic music
View an archived copy of a review of Gayle Young's biography of electronic music pioneer Hugh Le Caine. From "The CAML Review."