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Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse (1883 – 1965) was an innovative French-born composer who spent the greater part of his career in the United States.
Varèse challenged traditional conceptions of noise and instead found ways to transform noise into music. Although his complete surviving works only last about three hours, he has been recognized as an influence by several major composers of the late 20th century. Varèse saw potential in using electronic mediums for sound production, and his use of new instruments and electronic resources led to his being known as the "Father of Electronic Music" while Henry Miller described him as "The stratospheric Colossus of Sound".