Joel Avon Chadabe was born in the Bronx on December 12, 1938 and grew up in the Throgs Neck neighborhood. His father, Solan, was a lawyer. His mother, Sylvia (Cohen) Chadabe, was a housewife.
Joel participated in private Bentley School In Manhattan and studied classical piano. His parents hoped he would become a lawyer, but instead studied music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1959. At Yale, he studied with the composer Elliot carter, And after he received his master’s degree in 1972, Continuous His studies with Mr. Carter in Italy. He was in Rome when he heard of an unusual job opening in Sunni Albany.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Benjamin, and a sister, Susan Strzemian.
As he grew older, Mr. Chadabe became an enthusiastic environmentalist, and in 2006 he started Ear to earth The music festival, which featured electronic music around nature. In celebration in new york in that year, One composition included the rustle of pine beetles, and another used the soundscape of the city’s pigeons.
Mr. Chadabe retired from SUNY Albany in the late 1990s, but continued to teach electronic music courses at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Bennington College, where he had been teaching as an assistant since the 1970s.
In his 70s, Mr. Chadabe remained fascinated by the possibilities of electronic music, whose potential he felt he was only understood.
In 2013 he stated, “Electronics has opened up a wonderful world of sound, and more than a wonderful world of sound, a wonderful way of understanding sound.” How can we change it. “