Unfortunately, the modern music community has lost a giant in the past week. Milton Babbitt, who made great strides in the electronic music world as well as theory, died on Saturday, January 29th.
In the mean time, go check out the great articles (and link to a great interview) on NewMusicBox. This article has the link to the interview, here is another more personal recount, as well as this one.
And here is an exclusive documentary about Babbitt for free viewing on NPR.
For further listening, here are videos of Babbitt's "Philomel," "Composition for Viola and Piano," and "Lagniappe."
Although Babbitt no longer walks among us, he made such an impact on us. His pieces are otherworldly, ahead of their time, and will never die.