Joel Chadabe, Explorer of Electronic Music’s Frontier, Dies at 82

As both a musician and a lawyer, Mr. Chadabe devoted himself to a music critic, known as the “marriage between humans and their computers”.

Joel Chadabe, a musician who helped advance electronic music in the 1980s, later developed compositional software programs and founded the Electronic Music Foundation, an advocacy organization for electronic music, on May 2 in Albany, NY He died at his home, he was 42 years old.

His wife, François Chadabe, said the cause was ampullary cancer, a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

In 1975, when Mr. Chadabe was 24 years old and computer music was in its infancy, he was asked by the State University of New York in Albany to run his own electronic music studio. He had recently graduated from Yale’s music school, and had his sensibilities with jazz and opera, but needed a job, so he accepted. From his residence at the university, Mr. Chadabe began to explore The wonders of making music from machines.