Early Electronic Music

Early Electronic Music

The widespread electrification of music during the 1950s leads to a quest for artistic concepts of how to make use of this combination – in- and outside the confines of academia and institutional studios. 50 minutes of fieldwork and funny sounds with Alireza Mashayekhi, Else Marie Pade, Enore Zaffiri, İlhan Mimaroğlu, and more – made between 1952 and 1968.

Otto Luening – Low Speed

the first all electronic music concert in the US, premiered at New York’s Museum Of Modern Art (1952, Ellipsis Arts)

Daphne Oram – Ursa Major (Sun Mix)

sounds from the graphic and photoelectric production system Oramics, invented by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop co-founder herself. It allowed for changes in pitch control and timbre without specialist knowledge (1962, Young Americans)

Richard Maxfield – Pastoral Symphony

‘Sixties music’ before the Sixties had really started, from New York City (1960, New World Records)

Tom Dissevelt – Fantasy In Orbit: Tropicolour

Dissevelt’s music captured the time’s space mood so convincingly that Stanley Kubrick considered him for the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1963, Basta)

Tod Dockstader – Water Music: Part Two

curious about the mystery of sounds, Dockstader started to organize them, e.g. those recorded from a sink (1963, Starkland)

Alireza Mashayekhi – Shur, Op.15

highly conceptual Electronic music, connecting Persian musical traditions and noise, realized in the Netherlands (1966, Sub Rosa)

Gerald Strang – Composition 3

revolutionary sound solutions, made entirely with a computer, and presented at the ICA exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity in 1968 (1966, ICA)

Enore Zaffiri – Tr/e.54.IV

musical perspectives based on a structuralist principle derived from Euclidean geometry (1965-1968, Die Schachtel)

Axel Meijer – Werkstuk-1964

timeless sonic invention from Utrecht (1964, Composers’ Voice)

İlhan Mimaroğlu – Bowery Bum

form, content, and sound source of the piece are based on a drawing by François Dubuffet (1964, Finnadar Records)

Delia Derbyshire – Blue Veils And Golden Sands

soundtrack for a BBC documentary on the Tuareg, based on the tempo of camels walking (1967, Silva Screen)

Else Marie Pade – Syv Cirkler

inspired by a composition based on the stars and their movements, experienced by Pade at the planetarium during the World Exhibition in Brussels (1958, Important Records)

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