Early Electronic Music – Fieldwork and Funny Sounds

The widespread electrification of music during the 1950s leads to a multitude of artistic concepts – in- and outside the confines of academia and institutional studios. 44 minutes of fieldwork and funny sounds with Alireza Mashayekhi, Else Marie Pade, Enore Zaffiri, İlhan Mimaroğlu, and more – made between 1952 and 1968.

Featured cover art: İlhan MimaroğluFace The Windmills, Turn Left

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 – Two Fragments From Apocalypse: Second Fragment

discarded material from the main work, but saved from ending up in the wastebasket (1961, Starkland)

Alireza Mashayekhi – Shur, Op.15

highly conceptual Electronic music, connecting Persian musical traditions and noise, realized in the Netherlands at the University of Utrecht (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 – Pr/5.a

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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