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Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music

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With a truly global perspective, this vivid and readable narrative provides a comprehensive overview of the history of electronic music. KEY TOPICS: 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 busin ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 6th 1996 by Pearson (first published 1996)
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Phil Blackwell
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been around 12 years since I read this and I still think about it today. This was part of my introduction to electronic music and I loved every second of it. Couldn't put it down. Maybe it's proof that when you become interested in a subject it can consume you and you can't get enough information. But I loved how it started from the beginnings of electric sound, and I was captivated by the early inventions.. from there Chadabe followed the evolution of hardware and composers. Another surpri ...more
Randall Wallace
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
if you are really into analog music synthesis, you'll have to read this book at some point. the reason i didn't give it more stars was because half of the book is a really dry history of computer music and pre-synth music. when that happens you learn about a bunch of white men playing with computers and or merely parts of a future synth. not one of the musical pieces made at that time is still popular, although they might serve as an interesting footnote. it was cool to read about Stockhausen's ...more
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