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Electronic music : a listener's guide

Author: Elliott Schwartz
Publisher: New York : Praeger Publishers, [1975] ©1975
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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This book introduces the reader to both the historical aspects and the important aesthetic considerations of electronic music and relates electronic developments to the general condition of all twentieth-century music. Using a minimum of technical jargon, the author helps the reader to understand the electronic music scene and even to experiment with electronic composition. The book begins by asking the reader to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Schwartz, Elliott, 1936-
Electronic music.
New York : Praeger, [1975]
(OCoLC)639747901
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott Schwartz
ISBN: 0275537307 9780275537302 0275854701 9780275854706
OCLC Number: 1207252
Description: xii, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I. The musical past, 1906-1960. Introduction ; Some musical precedents ; Technical precedents: the classic studio and the RCA synthesizer --
Part II. The musical present, 1960-70. The modular synthesizer and voltage control ; Computer-generated sound ; Live plus electronic ; Further listening and suggested reading --
Part III. Some considerations for the future. The nature of performance ; Jazz, rock, pop, and serious ; New approaches to music teaching --
Part IV. Observations by composers. Jon H Appleton ; Larry Austin ; Robert Ceely ; Joel Chadabe ; David Cope ; Lukas Foss ; Kenneth Gaburo ; William Hellermann ; Lejaren A. Hiller, Jr. ; Hubert S. Howe, Jr. ; Jean Eichelberger Ivey ; Gottfried Michael Koenig ; Daniel Lentz ; Alvin Lucier ; Otto Luening ; Robert Moran ; Gordon Mumma ; Pauline Oliveros ; Steve Reich ; Gerald Shapiro ; Barry Vercoe ; Raymond Wilding-White ; Charles Wuorinen --
Part V. Do-it-yourself: tape composition at home.
Responsibility: Elliott Schwartz.

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This book introduces the reader to both the historical aspects and the important aesthetic considerations of electronic music and relates electronic developments to the general condition of all twentieth-century music. Using a minimum of technical jargon, the author helps the reader to understand the electronic music scene and even to experiment with electronic composition. The book begins by asking the reader to consider electronic music as a giant performing instrument that has opened up new musical possibilities in the twentieth century just as the piano did in the nineteenth. The author also reminds us that, through classical recordings, Muzak, and pop groups, the use of electronic technique to manipulate sound has become much more closely related to our common musical experience than most of us realize. Against this background, the author describes some of the important musical developments that led to composers' interest in electronics, traces the history of electronic instrumentation itself, and provides a basic introduction to the workings of the classic tape studio, the RCA synthesizer, and computer-generated sound. In a section devoted to the present and future effects of the electronic revolution on our musical habits, the author discusses such topics as the nature of performance, jazz, rock, pop and serious music, and the teaching of music. A separate section of the book contains twenty-three essays on electronic music by composers Lukas Foss, Otto Luening, Pauline Oliveros, Charles Wuorinen, and others. The final section provides suggestions for amateur composers of electonic music, covering methods of tape composition with recorders, editing, and possibilites for electronic modifications in "live" performance or improvisation.

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