Synopses & Reviews
With a truly global perspective, this vivid and readable narrative provides a comprehensive overview of the history of electronic music. The author draws upon his combined experience as composer, performer, researcher, entrepreneur, and teacher to provide insight into every aspect of electronic music, including the music itself, the instruments, and the business. Based on more than 150 interviews with leaders in the field, this book allows readers to understand how and why the musicians, engineers and businessmen did what they did to develop the modern synthesizer to its current state.
The goal of this book is to make the history of electronic music clear for any interested person, whether professional, student, nonelectronic musician, or observer. It tells the story behind the music and instruments, showing not just what happened during one of the most exciting periods in the history of music, but how and why it happened and what it felt like to be there.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-363) and index.
Table of Contents
I. THE PIONEERS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. 1. The Early Instruments.
II. TAPE MUSIC AND RELATED TECHNOLOGY, IN THE STUDIO AND IN PERFORMANCE. 2. The Great Opening Up of Music to All Sounds.
3. Expansion of the Tape Music Idea.
4. Out of the Studios.
III. DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND SYNTHESIZER CONCEPTS COME TOGETHER. 5. Computer Music.
7. The MIDI World.
IV. WHERE ARE WE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE DEVICES AND SOUND GENERATORS? 8. Inputs and Controls.
9. Making Sound.
V. IDEAS EMERGE FOR AN INTERACTIVE INSTRUMENT. 10. Automata.
VI. SUMMARIES AND SPECULATIONS... 12. Where Are We Going?
Notes on Sources and Materials.