Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition

Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition

Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition

Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition

Synopsis

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.This new edition, includes a thoroughgly 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.

Excerpt

1951: Music is dead. Long live electronic music.

2001: Electronic music is dead. Long live music.

The novelty of making music with electronic instruments has long worn off. The use of electronics to compose, organize, record, mix, color, stretch, randomize, project, perform, and distribute music is now intimately woven into the fabric of modern experience. Just as digital visual effects have become so commonplace in movies that we often don’t notice them, so too have we accepted the electronic seasoning that tenderizes every form of music imaginable.

Music as we know it today-in all of its many-faceted, genre-bending splendor—would not exist without technology. The explosive development of new musical ideas and materials during the last hundred years is a direct result of explorations with electronic instruments and recording technologies.

Composers now think differently about the music they make. Their aural vocabulary has no bounds, and the structures they impose, or choose to avoid, are all made possible by technology.

The audience now listens differently to music because recording has changed the way music is experienced. It can be presented live or through various communication media or a combination of the two, any variation of which alters the social context within which music delivers its influence on the human spirit.

All music today is electronic music.

Electronically produced music is part of the mainstream of popular culture. Musical concepts that were once considered radical—the use of

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