A bit over a year ago, Warp Record's digital music shop, Bleep.com, presented their guide to recorded* electronic music, spanning from 1930 to 2010
(also as a Facebook timeline
, which apparently kicked the whole thing off
). The overview of recorded electronic music was presented as a selection of 55 tracks
, almost five and a half hours in full. Part of this presentation was a (now expired) promotional deal to purchase the collection of songs as a lot, but you can still read about each piece of music on Bleep and hear 49 of the tracks in a playlist on Grooveshark
. There's more to hear and read below the fold.
The selection starts with what is "[a]rgued to be first piece of the purely electronic music written expressly for live performance on the Ondes Martenot
, an instrument closely related to the Theremin," then transitions through the years of sampling, soundtracks and experimental music, takes to the dance floor in the 1980s, and goes on from there.
* The full history of electronic instruments go all the way back to 1759 for the 'Clavecin Électrique'
, or the Electronic Harpsichord, and earlier still for the elusive Denis d’or
. The history of audio recordings
has a separate timeline
. And of course, there are many other notable moments in the history of electronic music
that weren't captured in the selection of a mere 55 songs.
A couple additional notes, as you read and/or listen to the playlist:
The Grooveshark playlist is missing the following 6 tracks, linked here from YouTube:
#32 LFO - LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)
#36 Autechre - Flutter
#42 Boards of Canada - Roygbiv
#43 Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
(and if you haven't seen it: the 10:35 long NSFW video
#50 Skream - Midnight Request Line
#52 Burial - Archangel
Here's a post about Charanjit Singh's pre-Acid House use of the TR-303 and TR-808
, in India in the album Ten Ragas To a Disco Beat
This Divine site clearly states that Love Reaction was made in two versions, one modeled on Tainted Love
, unlike the Bleep description which claims it is unclear which came first. Here is the "calypso" version of Love Reaction
, which can be found on the Shoot your Shot
compilation that came out a decade after the original Love Reaction, so it's unclear if this is the other original version or a later re-make.
You can hear some of the early (1975 and before) tracks played alongside contemporary (experimental) electronic music in Bleep Podcast #055
with Margot Didsbury, who is currently the head buyer for Bleep.com
. This podcast comes from NTS (Nuts to Soup) community radio
, and has a great college radio vibe. The Bleep podcasts
, now up to #086, come from a variety of sources and feature different hosts, so the music presented is in no way homogeneous.