George Antheil

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George Antheil (/ˈæntl/; July 8, 1900 – February 12, 1959) was an American avant-garde composer, pianist, author and inventor whose modernist musical compositions explored the modern sounds – musical, industrial, mechanical – of the early 20th century.

Spending much of the 1920s in Europe, Antheil returned to the US in the 1930s, and thereafter spent much of his time composing music for films and, eventually, television. As a result of this work, his style became more tonal. A man of diverse interests and talents, Antheil was constantly reinventing himself. He wrote magazine articles (one accurately predicted the development and outcome of World War II), an autobiography, a mystery novel, newspaper and music columns.

In 1941 he developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes with actress Hedy Lamarr that used a code (stored on a punched paper tape) to synchronise random frequencies, referred to as frequency hopping, with a receiver and transmitter. This technique, which is now known as spread spectrum, is now widely used in telecommunications. This work led to them being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Maxwell Davies: St. Thomas Wake / Antheil: Symphony no. 5 Peter Maxwell Davies, George Antheil; Louisville Orchestra, Richard Dufallo 1
1994 The Bad Boys! George Antheil, Henry Cowell, Leo Ornstein; Steffen Schleiermacher 1
1995 Futurpiano Arthur Vincent Lourie, Leo Ornstein, George Antheil; Daniele Lombardi 1
2000 Symphony no. 4 / Symphony no. 6 / McKonkey's Ferry George Antheil; National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Theodore Kuchar 1
2000 Ballet Mécanique and Other Works for Player Pianos, Percussion, and Electronics George Antheil; The University of Massachusetts Lowell Percussion Ensemble, Jeffrey Fischer 1
2001 Piano Music Conlon Nancarrow, George Antheil; Herbert Henck 1
2001 Ballet Mécanique George Antheil; Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Spalding 1
2002 Piano Concertos of the '20s Antheil, Copland, Honegger, Ravel; Michael Rische 1
2003 The Lost Sonatas George Antheil; Guy Livingston 5 1
2005 Piano Concertos of the 1920s, Volume 2 Schulhoff, Antheil, Gershwin; Michael Rische 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Ballet mécanique George Antheil; Maurice Peress 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Antheil: The Pride and the Passion / Bernstein: Kings Go Forth George Antheil, Elmer Bernstein 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Fighting the Waves George Antheil 1

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