Electronic music was not born, it was invented. Joel Chadabe's book is an account of the equipment and the people that made electronic music throughout history, from the Thaddeus Cahill's Telharmonium to the band, U2. Chadabe, a well-known electronic music composer himself, has compiled over 150 interviews with the inventors and innovators of early electronic instruments and techniques, detailing the development of electronic instruments and devices, tape splices, recording methods, and the music/sounds they created. This book is about the stories behind the music as much as it is about the music itself.
This is a history of the work done on the cutting edge of music and sound--music made in universities, laboratories, and music studios throughout the world by such artists as John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Milton Babbit, Morton Subotnick. If these names are not familiar to you, then you are missing out on the foundations of electronic sound and electronic music development.
This book also discusses in great detail, the "why" of electronic music. What were these early innovators trying to do? What drove them to such lengths to create new and different sounds. How has the computer and the internet changed the way we approach creating and performing music.
The Book is divided into 12 chapters in 6 sections as follows:
The pioneers in the first half of the twentieth century.
The Early Instruments
Tape music and related technology, in the studio and in performance.
The Great Opening Up of Music to All Sounds
Expansion of the Tape Music Idea
Out of the Studios
Digital technology and synthesizer concepts come together
The Midi World
Where are we in the developement of performance devices and sound generators?
Inputs and Controls
Ideas emerge for an interactive instrument.
Summaries and speculations...
Where Are We Going?
Notes on Sources and Materials
This is simply an amazing book. It tells the story of electronic music that has not been previously told. Not only is it a good read, there is so much information that it also acts as a good reference for someone interested in listening to and learning about electronic music.