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Murphy is survived by his daughters Lilith and Jolie and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Forest Lawn, Glendale. More information on his course can be found at www.equalinterval.com.
But in the late 1940s, Murphy took time out to develop a 12-tone technique known as his \"system of horizontal composition\" or \"equal interval system.\" He designed this system so it would be adaptable for film scores and popular music. The point of the system was to give arrangers and musicians a lighter-sounding jazz-classical option to the heavy, brooding Euro-centric classical forms popular at the time.
Lyle 'Spud' Murphy, composer, arranger, bandleader, instrumentalist and teacher. 1908 - 2005Spud Murphy was a marvelous man of many talents and interests whose age was strictly a matter for the calendar.His contributions to music include his own creative work, his role as an advocate for musicians as a member of the Board of Local 47 and president for 12 years of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, and most important, the generations of composers he taught his own simple way to use six intervals for 12 notes to compose any kind of music, a system that allows composers to work with speed and versatility which is very important in Hollywood.To learn about the course in his method go to: www.equalinterval.comSpud Murphy died August 5th, 2005, at the age of 96, following complications from surgery. He was active to the end as a teacher and I can say he was an absolutely delightful table companion at ASMAC events and he was beloved by everyone.Spud was born in Berlin. He came to the United States at 4 with his mother and grew up in Provo, Utah. His first instrument was the upright e-flat alto horn which he learned from the father of Red Nichols. Spud eventually mastered the trumpet, the saxophones, and other woodwinds.Spud set out on his own at 14 and got his first music job at 16, playing and arranging music for a Dallas-based band.Spud played and arranged music for a number of bands over the next several years before going to New York City in 1933, where he did arrangements including more than 100 for Goodman's \"Let's Dance\" radio broadcast and scores for Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra. He also did more than 250 stock arrangements for music publishers, many of which are still being used by dance bands around the world.While in New York, Spud formed an orchestra that did radio broadcasts and recorded five albums for Decca and Bluebird.Spud moved to California in the late 1930s and started writing charts for Columbia Pictures, but he left to serve in the merchant marine in World War II.After the war, he returned to film work that included his iconic arrangement of \"Three Blind Mice\" for the Three Stooges' movies.Spud's technique for writing so prolifically attracted attention and one young composer persuaded Spud to teach him under the G.I. Bill. 'Spud' went on to train hundreds of students, including jazz greats Oscar Peterson, Buddy Collette and Gerald Wiggins in what 'Spud' named the Equal Interval System. His by-word was, \"To write today's music, you can't use yesterday's methods.\"The very successful composer and arranger David Blumberg now teaches courses in Spud Murphy's method, which he describes as \"an encyclopedia of musical tools that you can use all your life.\"Blumberg says of Spud, \"He kept evolving the text over a 50-year period. The course includes not only examples of his work, but the work of his students, which has kept it fresh.\"Kennard Ramsey, who scores for film and television, studied with Spud for five years, says that the Equal Interval System \"took a lot of the mystery and misinformation out of traditional music studies. He made it so simple to see. Spud was such a wealth of knowledge; you could always go back to him for help. He would just know what to do. He was vital up until the end.\"Composer Tom Griep, a one-time student, says of learning from Spud, \"In this town, in order to make a living, speed is of the essence. You learned under him to write faster, more adventurously.\"Spud was a true Renaissance man who as a teacher made an original and important contribution to composing and arranging, most particularly for those who work in the fast-paced world of movies and TV.D'Lynn Waldron August 2005 153554b96e