It is with great sadness that I report the death of Bebe Barron on April 20, 2008 at the age of 82, of natural causes. Bebe was the last of the pioneering composers of classical studio electronic music. She was a close friend, an enthusiastic colleague, and a most gracious lady.
In 1982 the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM) was formed in Bourges, France, to serve as a companion organization to the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) under UNESCO. Jon Appleton was the U.S. representative to the ICEM, and in 1983, Jon wrote to me about starting a new organization to be the U.S. chapter of the ICEM and asked me if I were interested in undertaking the founding of such an organization.