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Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:35 pm
by knolan
Hi -

I'd be very grateful for any pointers to books, CD's or WWW content for pre voltage control / pre 1960's electronic music.

I recently purchased the soundtrack to the film Forbidden Planet and have fallen in love with it. It's absolutely magnificent. So I'm keen to learn more about early electronic music and would be grateful for any pointers to books, CD's, composer and inventor names, pieces, films with very early synths, WWW content and so on. I’m interested in all pointers and recommendations, but less so on the Avant-Garde Music end of it and more on the RCA and more popular end of it (if that's a plausible way to describe it).


Thanks!
Kevin.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:05 pm
by Psy_Free
This is quite a good intro set, includes stuff from 1948-1980



If you then look at the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" bit you'll see more music in this vein.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:49 pm
by nathanscribe
There are some good compilations of BBC Radiophonic Workshop material too. At least two volumes of Dr Who stuff is on CD, and there's an overview of the history of the Workshop on a 2CD set.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:57 pm
by Sir Ruff
Psy_Free wrote:This is quite a good intro set, includes stuff from 1948-1980



If you then look at the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" bit you'll see more music in this vein.
The Anthology of Electronic music A, etc. also includes a range of material from the 20s, onwards (to present). I would say that trying to find "popular" electronic music pre-1960 though is fairly hard though unless you want very simple versions of actual "music". Embrace the experimental and avant garde! ;)

Oh, the Clara Rockmore (theremin virtuoso) album is very good - theremin versions of classical stuff. Almost certainly pre-'60.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:25 pm
by Phollop Willing PA
This is a good place to start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_music#History

Then follow the adventure of links...

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:56 pm
by cornutt
Here's a page on the 1950s-era RCA Synthesizer, complete with some digitized recordings.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:21 am
by Automatic Gainsay
Thaddeus Cahill
Luigi Russolo
Edgard Varese
Pierre Schaeffer
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Raymond Scott
Hugh LeCaine

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:42 am
by Sexor
I thought Daft Punk invented electronic music?

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:15 pm
by digital octopus
Some good podcasts here:

http://thetonegeneration.blip.tv/rss

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:49 pm
by Mr Knesh
Automatic Gainsay wrote: Luigi Russolo
>Electronic

:?
(Luigi Russolo used a methodology involving compositions performed with a variety of mechanical instruments)
Automatic Gainsay wrote:
Raymond Scott
I picked up a copy of 'Soothing sounds for baby' at a CD exchange not too long ago. That album is awesome!

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:37 am
by knolan
Thanks a million for all the pointers - plenty to go through for sure. Some amazing pioneers for sure. Seeing what these people achieved and created is a real tonic and motivator; and astounding to think electronic music has been around for so long (don't worry - I haven't ignored avant-garde - just needed pointers to the rest of it). I'm following up on all links - thank you.

Cheers to all !
Kevin.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:48 am
by rharris07
http://www.discogs.com/Various-Acousmat ... se/1891514


Acousmatrix. Great box set of vintage electronic music. Most of it is probably tape looping stuff, but I'm sure there is some synth stuff in there too.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:52 am
by Automatic Gainsay
Mr Knesh wrote:
Automatic Gainsay wrote: Luigi Russolo
>Electronic

:?
Moron.

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:18 pm
by Phollop Willing PA
From Wiki:

Luigi Russolo (30 April 1885 – 4 February 1947) was an Italian Futurist painter and composer, and the author of the manifesto The Art of Noises (1913).[1] He is often regarded as one of the first noise music experimental composers with his performances of "noise concerts" in 1913-14 and then again after World War I, notably in Paris in 1921.[2] He is also one of the first theorists of electronic music.....
Mr Knesh wrote:
Automatic Gainsay wrote: Luigi Russolo

>Electronic

:?
Automatic Gainsay wrote:
.....

Re: Pre '60s electronic music ?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:33 pm
by mute
Sexor wrote:I thought Daft Punk invented electronic music?
Why would you think that? Even sarcastically? There's not a kid on the planet with that thought, and even if Daft Punk introduced a bunch of new kids to electronic music thanks to Tron or their live performances, then kick a*s. Stop trying so hard to sound like a grumpy old man.

As for the OP, why cut it off @ 1960? Do you already know alot about electronic music in the 60's? Most of them were limited to the tools that were available in the 50's etc. too. I'll assume you already know about the Silver Apples and their peers?