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The Companion Website includes a number of student and instructor resources, such as additional Listening Guides, links to audio and video resources on the Internet, PowerPoint slides, and interactive quizzes.
Thom Holmes is a composer and music historian. He studied composition with Paul Epstein in Philadelphia, was the longtime publisher of the magazine Recordings of Experimental Music —85 , and worked with John Cage. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.
Trademark notice: Product or corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks, and are used only for identification and explanation without intent to infringe. Includes bibliographical references and index. Electronic music—History and criticism. Computer music— History and criticism. H64 Rosler, 9. They paused while crossing and Derbyshire turned to Hodgson.
A history of electronic music scarcely existed at that time. The intervening years have seen the invention of analog synthesizers, the rise of MIDI as a bridge between analog and digital synthesis, and the adoption of computers as the key ingredient in the creation, editing, and performance of electronic music.
What was once an exclusively experimental kind of musical expression formed a foundation on which nearly every familiar genre of music has since constructed a room of its own.
Electronic and Experimental Music is the story of where electronic music came from and how it has changed over the past decades from early analog technology to the present. It is also the story of musical ideas that evolved in parallel with the technology, sometimes inspired by the machine but just as frequently leading to the invention of technology to fulfill new musical ideas.
Many questions about electronic music can only be answered historically. What qualities are uniquely inherent in electronic music? Why do we play sounds in reverse? The answers to these questions have been obscured by many years of established practice in the field. The title of this book invites a little discussion.
There has been a debate for many years over the general terminology used for classifying the kind of music described in these pages. While the distinctions between these classifications of electronic music are worth exploring, I have reserved that debate for Chapter 12, the first chapter in Part IV, The Music. These beginnings span a broad range of years and developments, from the late nineteenth century to the present. Although the book has roots in European, American, and Japanese electronic music, the story of electronic is truly global.
Accordingly, I have broadened the scope throughout, specifically with more history about Latin America see Chapter 3 and Southeast Asia and China see Chapter 4. One will also find the discussion of early British and Italian electronic music greatly expanded in Chapter 2.
My opening story about Delia Derbyshire reminds us that women have always played a key role in the development of electronic music. This edition of Electronic and Experimental Music uses many opportunities to broaden the discussion of the compelling and under-reported accomplishments of women from many countries, notably the astonishing work of Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, and Lily Greenham in the United Kingdom, Teresa Rampazzi in Italy, and Jacqueline Nova in Colombia.
The area of digital synthesis continues to evolve rapidly. To help enable the book to remain as timely and relevant as possible in the field of contemporary computer music, I sought the know-how of Terry M. Terry hails from perhaps the most legendary educational program for electronic and computer music in America.
He served as a contributing editor on this edition, scouring many of the chapters and especially those regarding digital synthesis. This companion audio CD features more than a dozen historically significant works, each of which is accompanied by an associated Listening Guide in the book.
Found in most chapters, these guides provide a moment-bymoment annotated exploration of key works. Listening Guides provide background on a work and the composer, the way in which a work was composed, and a set of production notes explaining how the music was produced, keyed to timings throughout the work.
Listening Guides are provided in the book for each track on the accompanying audio CD. Listen Playlists. Each chapter includes one or more Listen playlists, a collection of recommended musical tracks that are commercially available through music download sites such as Apple iTunes or Amazon.
Pioneering Works of Electronic Music. In the back of the book is an annotated guide to additional recordings of historically important works of electronic music. Each chapter is structured for easy access to key ideas, people, listening examples, and content that is most useful for self-assessment by the student. Chapters open with a list of chapter contents, a photo, and a quote to set the tone for the discussion. Features found within the body of the chapter include Listening Guides and Listen playlists to supplement the reading with musical examples.
Each chapter concludes with a Summary of key points, a list of Key People, a list of Key Terms, and a Milestones table highlighting key technological and artistic achievements. Table of contents—The organization of the text has been developed for teaching purposes. The book has 14 chapters, an ideal number for a one-semester course. Extensive photos and figures—The rich history of electronic music is sometimes best told with vivid images, schematics, and sample scores, all of which have been expanded in this edition of the book.
New feature: Glossary. Key terms are highlighted in bold within the chapters and collected with definitions in a newly added Glossary in the back of the book. New feature: Two Appendices trace the evolution of electronic music technology. In the previous edition, two chapters were devoted to diagramming the evolution of analog and digital music synthesis. In this edition, I have preserved this feature, but moved it to the back of the book in the form of two new appendices.
Each has been significantly updated. Other specific changes worth noting are summarized below. Chapter 1, Electronic Music Before New or expanded information and photographs regarding early electronic music technologies, including the musical telegraph, the Telharmonium, photoelectric organs, the Hammond Novachord, and the Phonautograph.
Chapter 9, Early Computer Music —85 : Updated and expanded discussion of the history and extensions of Bell Laboratory music programming languages, including Music IV; the development by Lansky and Vercoe of Csound and Cmix; new discussions of IRCAM programs, including PatchWork; new discussion of spectral analysis and related composition tools; new discussion of Fast Fourier Transform FFT and data mapping for spectral analysis; expanded and updated discussion of external computer controllers for music production; new Listen playlist for spectral music; and an updated discussion of hardware and software developments for large-scale computers.
Chapter 10, The Microprocessor Revolution — : This chapter has been updated to reflect changes to personal computer music technology and software during the past ten years. Chapter 13, Jazz, Live Electronic Music, and Ambient Music: This chapter has been extensively updated to explore the subject of early experiments with electronic music and jazz, a long-overlooked subplot in the history of electronic music. The chapter includes a new Listen playlist on electronic jazz.
Go to www. I would especially like to thank Constance Ditzel, my editor at Routledge, for working with me to continue making the book a success, especially in the classroom.
I would also like to express my gratitude to Denny Tek, assistant editor at Routledge, for working with me on many important details related to the chapters, design, cover, music rights, and companion website for the text. A special note of thanks goes to my contributing writer for this edition, Terry Pender, who teaches computer music practices at the Columbia University Computer Music Center. His experience as a practicing composer, music instructor, and Assistant Director at this esteemed institution greatly informed the discussions of computer synthesis and new technology for this edition.
Terry also guided me through the archives of the Columbia Computer Music Center so that I could tell a more informed history of the original center. This edition continues to benefit from those with whom I have consulted on past editions. My affection for this topic is largely due to the people I have met along the way who created the technology, culture, and music being discussed in these pages.
Jeff Winner keeps the flame alive for the Raymond Scott archives and was instrumental in making my version of the Scott story as accurate as possible.
My friend Probyn Gregory plays the electro-Theremin in the Brian Wilson band and provided valued insight into the history of this instrument. Thanks to Michael Evans for reigniting my interest in the work of Oskar Sala. My story about Sala and the Trautonium is much richer because of his help. It was always a pleasure to visit John, when our conversations freely drifted from new music to new mushrooms and green tea.
The first person I studied music with was composer Paul Epstein, who taught me how to compose beyond the moment and think about the process. The things I learned from Paul continue to influence the words that I write and the music that I compose. My history of the Theremin also benefited greatly from the help of David Miller, who has documented the story behind the Paul Tanner electro-Theremin.
The biggest thank you of all goes to Anne, who gives me insight and encouragement and shows unrelenting patience so that I may pursue this endeavor. Every effort has been made to locate all holders of rights to such images.
If we have been unable to inform them in some cases, we ask such holders to contact the publisher. Figure 1. Figures 1. Figures 2. Figure 2. Chapter 4 Opener: Photo, Kiyoji Otsuji. Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery.
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Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture
Nicholas C. Laudadio is associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where his work focuses on pop music studies, science fiction, and contemporary new media and fiction. Meghan M. She is also the co-editor of a collection of essays on the cultural, economic, and aesthetic significance of campus spaces titled Remaking the American College Campus. Journal of Popular Music Studies 30 November ; 32 4 : 60— Their musical partnership existed at the intersection of music, performance, and technology at a time when all three were changing rapidly.
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When the rst edition of Electronic and Experimental Music appeared over 20 years ago, the modern history of electronic music spanned only half as many years as it does today. The interim years have seen the rise of MIDI as a bridge between analog and digital synthesis and the adoption of computers as the key ingredient in the creation, editing, and performance of electronic music. Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture is a revised and expanded edition of this classic work, providing a thorough treatment of the relevant history behind the marriage of technology and music that has led to the state of electronic music today. Beginning with an early history of electronic music before , the book outlines key composers, inventions, and concepts, ranging from Edgar Varse to Brian Eno; musique concrete to turntablism; and compositional techniques used in both analog and digital synthesis. The third editions reader-friendly writing style, logical organization, and features provide easy access to key ideas, milestones, and concepts.
Embed Size px x x x x When the first edition of Electronic and Experimental Music appeared over 20 years ago,the modern history of electronic music spanned only half as many years as it does today. The interim years have seen the rise of MIDI as a bridge between analog and digitalsynthesis and the adoption of computers as the key ingredient in the creation, editing,and performance of electronic music. Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture is a revised andexpanded edition of this classic work, providing a thorough treatment of the relevanthistory behind the marriage of technology and music that has led to the state of elec-tronic music today. Beginning with an early history of electronic music before ,the book outlines key composers, inventions, and concepts, ranging from Edgar Varseto Brian Eno; musique concrete to turntablism; and compositional techniques used in bothanalog and digital synthesis.
Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments , digital instruments, or circuitry-based music technology in its creation.
Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture
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Embed Size px x x x x When the first edition of Electronic and Experimental Music appeared over 20 years ago,the modern history of electronic music spanned only half as many years as it does today. The interim years have seen the rise of MIDI as a bridge between analog and digitalsynthesis and the adoption of computers as the key ingredient in the creation, editing,and performance of electronic music. Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture is a revised andexpanded edition of this classic work, providing a thorough treatment of the relevanthistory behind the marriage of technology and music that has led to the state of elec-tronic music today.
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