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Electronic Music - The Instruments, the Music & The Musicians

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  3 reviews
An overview of electronic music that covers both classical & pop musicians.
hardback, 124 pages
Published 1981 by Phaidon
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Jay Michaels
This book is a bit dated, but it's an excellent look at the history of electronic musical instruments. I'd never heard of the Singing Arc, but that's where this story begins. Transistors are the latest technological leap forward in 1981, so there's no inkling of integrated circuits yet.

It's admittedly a scholarly work (and British), so the writing style is a bit stiff, but it beats the ultra-hip world-weary flavor of the nanosecond fan journalism prevalent in the last 30 years. Both the compose
cleaning. the shelves. yes THAT Andy McKay. (oboe, etc. from Roxy Music).

well, what a snapshot of electronic music from the early 1980's I suppose it was influential for its time. but as a resource today, not much there. I do wish there were more on mellotrons and earlier analog synths. now you can get better info from wikipedia. and maybe he was the least noteworthy in the Roxy crew (well Paul thompson/bass players minus John Wetton, notwithstanding) , but he gets an extra star for good rockin
I remember thinking this bk was surprisingly good. It's glossy, w/ alotof fotos, &, as such, before I read it, I was expecting a shallow bk re pop music. In other words, b/c it has the high production values that usually accompany mass-market stupidities, I didn't expect it to be a serious bk on the subject. Much to my pleasant surprise, it's got alotof good info - including many choice fotos that I've never seen anywhere else.
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