Electronic and experimental music: technology, music, and culture

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Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture provides 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 1945, the book outlines key composers, inventions, and concepts, ranging from Edgard Varèse to Brian Eno; musique concrète to turntablism; and compositional techniques used in both analog and digital synthesis.

The third edition’s reader-friendly writing style, logical organization, and features provide easy access to key ideas, milestones, and concepts.


  • Reader’s guides and summaries at the beginning and end of each chapter
  • Innovations boxes providing a unique profile of an influential individual in the field of electronic music
  • Listen playlists recommending key recordings in each musical genre mentioned in each chapter
  • Milestones timelines summarizing the major technological and musical innovations discussed in each chapter.
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table_of_contents Early history : predecessors and pioneers (1874 to 1960). Electronic music before 1945 ; Early electronic music in Europe ; Early electronic music in the United States ; Early electronic music in Japan -- Analog synthesis and instruments. Tape composition and fundamental concepts of electronic music ; Early synthesizers and experimenters ; Principles of analog synthesis and voltage control ; The voltage-controlled synthesizer ; The evolution of analog synthesizers -- Digital synthesis and computer music. Early computer music (1953 to 1985) ; The microprocessor revolution (1975 to 1990) ; Principles of computer music ; The evolution of computer music instruments and software -- The music. Classical and experimental music ; Live electronic music and ambient music ; Rock, space age pop, and turntablism.
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