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Electronic Music

Part of Cambridge Introductions to Music

  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107648173

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  • This accessible Introduction explores both mainstream and experimental manifestations of electronic music. From early recording equipment to the most recent multimedia performances, the history of electronic music is full of interesting characters, fascinating and unusual music, and radical technology. Covering many different eras, genres and media, analyses of works appear alongside critical discussion of central ideas and themes, making this an essential guide for anyone approaching the subject for the first time. Chapters include key topics from synth pop to sound art, from electronic dance music to electrical instruments, and from the expression of pure sound to audiovisuals. Highly illustrated and with a wide selection of examples, the book provides many suggestions for further reading and listening to encourage students to begin their own experiments in this exciting field.

    • Provides an up-to-date overview of the history of electronic music, exploring mainstream and experimental developments, and intersections with other media
    • An accessible style, supported by academic references makes this an excellent point of entry for students and those who want to find out more
    • Includes numerous example analyses of pieces that identify new approaches and concepts and are suitable for group discussions
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    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107648173
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 168 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 10 tables 5 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Recording technologies and music
    3. New sounds and new instruments: electronic music up until 1948
    4. The post-war sonic boom
    5. From analog to digital
    6. Into the mainstream
    7. Synth pop
    8. Electronic dance music
    9. Continuing the classical?
    10. Experimental electronica
    11. Sound art
    12. Further connections
    13. Live electronic music
    14. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Nick Collins, University of Durham
    Nick Collins is a lecturer at the University of Sussex. A composer, performer and researcher in the field of computer music, his research interests include machine listening, interactive and generative music, and computational musicology. He co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music (2007) and The SuperCollider Book (2011) and wrote the Introduction to Computer Music (2009). Further details, including publications, music, code and more, can be found on his website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/Users/nc81/index.html.

    Margaret Schedel, Stony Brook University, State University of New York
    Margaret Schedel is an Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University. A composer and cellist specialising in the creation and performance of 'ferociously interactive media', she sits on the boards of 60x6, the BEAM Foundation, the ICMA, and Organised Sound. She has edited issues of the Journal of Visual Culture on Sound Art and Organised Sound on Visual Music. In 2009 she won the first Ruth Anderson Prize for her interactive installation Twenty Love Songs and a Song of Despair. Her research focuses on gesture in music, and the sustainability of technology in art. She serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is a core faculty member of cDACT, the consortium for digital art, culture and technology.

    Scott Wilson, University of Birmingham
    Scott Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Composition and Live Electroacoustic Music at the University of Birmingham. Primarily a composer, his works have been presented internationally, and include compositions for both instrumental and electroacoustic forces, as well as multimedia pieces. He has been active in the development of software for use with Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre, the Music Department's loudspeaker orchestra, and in developing new approaches for large-scale multichannel electroacoustic composition. He is also involved in the development of the SuperCollider computer music language and was co-editor of The SuperCollider Book, with Nick Collins and David Cottle.

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