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Electronic and experimental music : Pioneers in technology and composition

Author: Thom Holmes
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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The second edition of the classic text on the history of electronic music, this book has been thoroughly updated to present material on home computers, the Internet, as well as enlarged sections on  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thom Holmes
ISBN: 0415936438 9780415936439 0415936446 9780415936446
OCLC Number: 49786143
Notes: Previous edition: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1985.
Description: xii, 322 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Early history --
predecessors and pioneers (1874 to 1960) --
1. Electronic music before 1945 --
2. Early electronic music in Europe --
3. Early electronic music in the United States --
4. Early electronic music in Japan --
Part II. Analog synthesis and instruments --
5. Tape composition and fundamental concepts of electronic music --
6. Early synthesizers and experimenters --
7. Principles of analog synthesis and voltage control --
8. The voltage-controlled synthesizer --
9. The evolution of analog synthesizers --
Part III. Digital synthesis and computer music --
10. Early computer music (1953-85) --
11. The microprocessor revolution (1975-90) --
12. The principles of computer music --
13. The evolution of computer musical instruments and software --
Part IV. The music --
14. Classical and experimental music --
15. Live electronic music and ambient music --
16. Rock, space age pop, and turntablism --
Pioneering works of electronic music. Introduction : new technology, new music, new listening --
1. What is electronic music? --
Purely electronic music --
Electroacoustic music --
2. Electronic music resources --
The components of sound --
Waveforms --
Making electronic music : a lexicon of materials --
Oscillators --
Controllers --
Additive and subtractive synthesis --
Envelope shaping --
Amplitude modulation (AM) --
Frequency modulation (FM) --
Ring modulation --
Other electronic music techniques and effects --
3. Musical precedents to electronic music : origins of the avant-garde --
Alternate pitch systems, new scales, and atonality --
The "art of noise" in music --
4. Electronic pioneers : Cahill, Theremin, Martenot, Trautwein, and Hammond --
Thaddeus Cahill and the Telharmonium --
The theremin : electronic music for everybody --
The Ondes Martenot --
The Trautonium and Mixturtrautonium --
The electronic organ --
5. Musique concrète and the ancient art of tape composition --
Composing with tape --
Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer, and the institutionalization of sound --
Origins in France --
The German School --
Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky, and the Columbia Tape Music Center --
6. Three pioneers : John Cage, Edgard Varèse, and Karlheinz Stockhausen --
John Cage and the advocacy of chance --
Cage's live performance works --
Cage's influence --
Varèse and Listener's Experiment --
Stockhausen's journey --
7. A renaissance of inventing : the 1950s --
Raymond Scott : designer of plastic sounds and electronic music devices --
Hugh Le Caine and the Sackbut Blues --
8. Robert Moog, Wendy Carlos, and the birth of the commercial synthesizer --
The Moog Synthesizer --
Wendy Carlos and the exploration of musical consonance --
Moog goes mainstream --
The Buchla Synthesizer --
Other commercial synthesizers --
9. ONce and future innovators : Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma --
Leading indicators for the future : the Sonic Arts Union (Ashley, Behrman, Lucier, Mumma) --
The San Francisco Tape Music Center --
10. Music from mainframes : the origins of computer music --
What is digital synthesis? --
Applications of computers in music : an historic view --
A concise history of computer music --
A brief history of soldering and composing --
From transistors to semiconductors --
Then there was software --
11. INside electronic music --
Composing electronic music --
LIve electronic music improvised --
The art of drones and minimalism --
Process music --
Music of the environment : ambience, meditation, and the art of being where you are --
Turntablism --
12. Electronic music in the mainstream : a loss of history --
Listening to electronic music : a footnote --
Appendix : Recommended recordings of electronic music --
Electronic music resources.
Responsibility: Thom Holmes.

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