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"Do not rely on unplanned music; it comes out as though it were planned, but planned by someone you cross the street to avoid." -- Robert Ashley
Robert Ashley (born March 28, 1930), is a contemporary American composer, best known for his operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics and extended techniques. Along with Gordon Mumma, Ashley was also a major pioneer of audio synthesis.

Ashley was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He studied at the University of Michigan with Ross Lee Finney, at the Manhattan School of Music, and was later a musician in the US Army. After moving back to Michigan, Ashley worked at the University of Michigan's Speech Research Laboratories. Although he was not officially a student in the acoustic research program there, he was offered the chance to obtain a doctorate, but turned it down to pursue his music.. From 1961 to 1969, he organised the ONCE Festival in Ann Arbor with Roger Reynolds, Gordon Mumma, and other local composers and artists. He was a co-founder of the ONCE Group, as well as a member of the Sonic Arts Union, which also included David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, and Gordon Mumma. In 1969 he became director of the San Francisco Tape Music Center. In the 1970s he directed the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music. His notable students include Maggi Payne.

The majority of Ashley's recordings have been released by Lovely Music [1], which was founded by Performing Artservices [2], the not-for-profit management organization which represents Ashley and other artists. Ashley's opera Perfect Lives was featured in Peter Greenaway's documentary 4 American Composers.


  • In Memoriam... Kit Carson (1963)
  • That Morning Thing (1967)
  • Music with Roots in the Aether (television opera) (1976)
  • Perfect Lives (television opera) (1978—80)
  • Atalanta (Acts of God) (1982—91)
  • Now Eleanor's Idea tetralogy:
    • Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) (1985)
    • eL/Aficionado (1987)
    • Now Eleanor's Idea (1993)
    • Foreign Experiences (1994)
  • Balseros (1997)
  • Your Money My Life Goodbye (1998)
  • Dust (1998)
  • Celestial excursions (2003)
  • Concrete (2006)
Ashley has written many other pieces for combinations of instruments, voices, and electronics. A complete list can be found at his official website.

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Total Books: 16
Perfect Lives
2011 - Perfect Lives [American Literature Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781564786845
ISBN-10: 1564786846
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2011 - Atalanta [Acts of God] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780936050294
ISBN-10: 0936050292
Genre: Arts & Photography

2011 - Quicksand [A Quadrants Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780936050324
ISBN-10: 0936050322
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Yasunao Tone Noise Media Language
2008 - Yasunao Tone Noise Media Language [Critical Ear] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780965557085
ISBN-10: 0965557081
Genre: Arts & Photography

Chronik des Holocaust
2002 - Chronik Des Holocaust (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783426272930
ISBN-10: 3426272938

The Rushlight and Related Holders A Regional View
2001 - The Rushlight and Related Holders a Regional VIew (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780954009007
ISBN-10: 0954009002
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home

The Stolen Train
1997 - The Stolen Train (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780590921503
ISBN-10: 0590921509
Genre: Children's Books
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Ripon College a History
1990 - Ripon College a History (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780929331041
ISBN-10: 0929331044
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation

Wilkie Collins
Wilkie Collins (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780838320952
ISBN-10: 0838320953
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Perfect Lives
Perfect Lives (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780962776779
ISBN-10: 0962776777
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Music with roots in the aether Interviews with and essays about seven American composers