Horacio Vaggione

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Horacio Vaggione (born 1943) is an electro-acoustic and musique concrète composer who specializes in micromontage, granular synthesis, and thus microsound and (Landy 1994, p. 148) whose pieces often are for performer and computer-generated tape. He studied composition at the National University in Córdoba and the University of Illinois, where he first gained exposure and access to computers.

Vaggione was born in Córdoba, Argentina, but lives in Europe and visited every electronic studio there during the 1970s.[citation needed] From 1969 to 1973 he lived in Madrid, Spain, and was part of ALEA and co-founded an electronic studio and the Projects Music and Computer at the Autonomous University in Madrid with Luis de Pablo. In 1978 he moved to France, where he still resides, and began work at GMEB in Bourges, INA-GRM and IRCAM in Paris where his music moved from synthesized and sampled loops (as in La Maquina de Cantar, produced on an IBM computer) towards micromontage. Since 1994 he has been Professor of Music University of Paris VIII and organized the CICM [1].


  • La Maquina de Cantar (English: "The Singing Machine". 1978, Cramps and reissued 2002, Ampersand 11)
  • Thema for bass saxophone & computer-generated tape (1985, Wergo WER 2026-2)
  • Tar (1987, Le Chant du Monde, LCD 278046/47)
  • Kitab for bass clarinet, piano, contrabass and computer-processed and controlled sounds (1992, Centaur CRC 2255)
  • Ash (1990)
  • Schall (1995)
  • Nodal (1997)
  • Agon (1998)
  • Sçir for contrabass flute in G & prerecorded tape (2001)
  • Atem for horn, bass clarinet, piano, double bass and electroacoustic set-up (2002)
  • Gymel Electroacoustic music (2003)
  • Taléas for recorders and electroacoustics (2002/2004)
  • Préludes Suspendus II (2000?)
  • 24 Variations (2011)
  • Points Critiques (2012)