TOD DOCKSTADER

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Andy Beta

Tod Dockstader is an American electronic music composer who began his career in the 1950s editing Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoingBoing cartoons before applying that same sugar-rush illogic of Saturday morning cartoons to the stuffed shirts of academic music-making. Hallucinatory early electronic albums like 1961's Luna Park and 1964's Quatermass mixed sonic playfulness with dedicated process, taking the sounds of shortwave radio, deflating balloons, Nazi crowds and alley cats and warping them into new shapes, influencing the child's play of Aphex Twin, Matmos and AnCo decades later.

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