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The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music


  • 24 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 314 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.618 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521688659)

Musicians are always quick to adopt and explore new technologies. The fast-paced changes wrought by electrification, from the microphone via the analogue synthesiser to the laptop computer, have led to a wide diversity of new musical styles and techniques. Electronic music has grown to a broad field of investigation, taking in historical movements such as musique concrète and elektronische musik, and contemporary trends such as electronic dance music and electronica. A fascinating array of composers and inventors have contributed to a diverse set of technologies, practices and music. This book brings together some novel threads through this scene, from the viewpoint of researchers at the forefront of the sonic explorations empowered by electronic technology. The chapters provide accessible and insightful overviews of core topic areas and uncover some hitherto less publicised corners of worldwide movements. Recent areas of intense activity such as audiovisuals, live electronic music, interactivity and network music are actively promoted.

• Includes original contributions from many international artists, including Karlheinz Stockhausen and Max Mathews • Chapters introduce the reader to the history and practices of electronic music, including electroacoustic music composition, perceptual aspects and sound synthesis • Considers recent contemporary trends and promotes new movements in this continuously evolving field


Chronology; Introduction Nick Collins and Julio d'Escriván; Part I. Electronic Music in Context: 1. The origins of electronic music Andrew Hugill; 2. Electronic music and the studio Margaret Schedel; 3. Live electronic music Nicolas Collins; 4. A history of programming and music Ge Wang; Artists' Statements I: Laurie Spiegel; Yasunao Tone; John Oswald; Mathias Gmachl (Farmer's Manual); Erdem Helvacioglu; Pauline Oliveros; Chris Jeffs; Rodrigo Sigal; Mira Calix; Denis Smalley; Seong-Ah Shin; Carsten Nicolai; Warren Burt; Max Mathews; Part II. Electronic Music in Practice: 5. Interactivity and live computer music Sergi Jordà; 6. Algorithmic composition Karlheinz Essl; 7. Live audiovisuals Amy Alexander and Nick Collins; 8. Network music Julian Rohrhuber; 9. Electronic music and the moving image Julio d'Escriván; 10. Musical robots and listening machines Nick Collins; Artists' Statements II: Kevin Saunderson; Kanta Horio; Donna Hewitt; Alejandro Vinao; Bubblyfish; Barry Truax; Lukas Ligeti (Burkina Electric); Christina Kubisch; Murat Ertel; Adina Izarra; Cybork; Francis Dhomont; David Behrmann; Kevin Blechdom (Kristin Erickson); Karlheinz Stockhausen; George E. Lewis; Part III. Analysis and Synthesis: 11. Computer generation and manipulation of sounds Stefania Serafin; 12. The psychology of electronic music Petri Toiviainen; 13. Trends in electroacoustic composition Natasha Barrett; Bibliography.

Prize Winner

Nicolas Bessaraboff Prize 2009 - Winner


Nick Collins, Julio d'Escriván, Andrew Hugill, Margaret Schedel, Nicolas Collins, Ge Wang, Sergi Jordà, Karlheinz Essl, Amy Alexander, Julian Rohrhuber, Stefania Serafin, Petri Toiviainen, Natasha Barrett

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