A history of electronic music
August 10, 2014 11:33 PM Subscribe
In These Hopeful Machines
traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music – and meets some of the people who made it happen. In six content-rich episodes he looks at over 100 years of recording techniques, electronic instruments and gizmos, and their use in popular music, art music and their position in Western culture."
This series from Radio New Zealand
is constructed in a manner similar to Strictly Kev's Raiding the 20th Century
), with narration and interviews over a non-stop mix of the music being talked about. It's a comprehensive, if necessarily personal, look at the history of electronic music, I think getting a spot-on balance between art music and popular music. Each episode has an extensive bibliography and links:
- Everything Audible in the World Becomes Material, "Recording and electricity crack open the world of sound. What happens next?."
- Raindrops In The Sun, "New musics rise from the secret projects and surplus junk of World War II."
- Fag ends and lollipops, "The BBC Radiophonic workshop takes electronic music from highbrow drama to primetime TV and school playgrounds."
- I was Born to Synthesize "In the 60s, it is 'Sex, Drugs and Moogs' as rock adopts electronics, while synths sell soda on Madison Ave."
- Load Your Program. I am Yourself., "Born of war and raised on mainframes, computer music comes of age in the 70s and hits the charts thanks to the sampler."
- A Dance To The Music of Time, "For many people, electronic music is now synonymous with Electronic Dance Music. Has the laptop really brought about the democratization of music?"
And there are links to transcripts of the interviews at the program's index site