Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Music - 322 pages
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Annotation. Electronic and Experimental Music details the history of electronic music throughout the world, and the people who created it. From the theory of sound production to key composers and instrument designers, this is a complete introduction to the genre from its early roots to the present technological explosion. Every major figure is covered including: Thaddeus Cahill, Peire Henry, Gorden Mumma, Pauline Oliveros, Brian Eno, and D.J. Spooky. The vast array of forms and instruments that these innovators introduced and expanded are also included--tape composition, the synthesizer, "live" electronic performance, the ONCE festivals, ambient music, and turntablism. This new edition, includes a thoroughly updated and enlarged theoretical and historical sections and includes new material on using home computers (PCs) and the many resources now available in software and the Internet.
  

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User Review  - mattresslessness - LibraryThing

The text is possibly a little dry in places to be called anything resembling a page-turner and focuses on experimental music collectives and studios (such as Mills College) to the detriment of overall ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harry Doble - Goodreads

Infinitely useful, though it is largely rooted in academia and passes on developments like krautrock and industrial music resigning them to mere shades of their influence. Still, finding a more comprehensive overview will be exceptionally difficult. Read full review

Contents

Introduction NEW TECHNOLOGY NEW MUSIC LISTENING
1
Chapter 1 WHAT IS ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
5
Chapter 2 ELECTRONIC MUSIC RESOURCES
13
ORIGINS OF THE AVANTGARDE
29
CAHILL THEREMIN MARTENOT TRAUTWEIN AND HAMMOND
41
Chapter 5 MUSIQUE CONCRÈTE AND THE ANCIENT ART OF TAPE COMPOSITION
73
JOHN CAGE EDGARD VARÈSE AND KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN
107
THE 1950s
139
ROBERT ASHLEY AND G0RDON MUMMA
175
THE ORIGINS OF COMPUTER MUSIC
197
Chapter 11 INSIDE ELECTRONIC MUSIC
223
A LOSS OF HISTORY
257
APPENDIX
263
NOTES
291
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
305
INDEX
307

Chapter 8 ROBERT MOOG WENDY CARLOS AND THE BIRTH OF THE COMMERCIAL SYNTHESIZER
151

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About the author (2002)

Thom Holmes is a composer and performer of electronic music, as well as a software designer and consultant. He was the long-time publisher of the magazine Recordings of Electronic Music .

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