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Electronic and experimental music: pioneers in technology and composition

Electronic and experimental music: pioneers in technology and composition

Holmes, Thom

Electronic and Experimental Musicis a second edition of a well-known text on the history of electronic music. Holmes' original book, first published in 1985, was a beginner's introduction both to the theories of sound and sound production and to the history of some of the earliest experiments in instrument building and composition. In this new edition, the author thoroughly updates and enlarges the theoretical and historical sections. He also presents new material on using home computers and the many software and Internet resources available

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
2nd ed.
Published London: Routledge, 2002
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Statement of responsibility: Thom Holmes
ISBN: 0203427068, 9780203427064, 9780415936446
Note: Previous ed.: 1985.
Note: Includes index.
Note: Bibliography: p. 311-312.
Note: Discography: p. 281-294.
Physical Description: xii, 322 p. : ill., ports.
Subject: Electroacoustic music; Electronic music History and criticism.; Avant-garde (Music); Electronic music; Computer music; Experimental music
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Author's Preface and Acknowledgements.
  2. Introduction
  3. New Technology, New Music, New Listening.
  4. 1. Electronic Music
  5. What It Is, How It Is Made 2. Electronic Music Resources 3. Music from Miniframes
  6. The Origins of Computer Music 4. Musical Precedents to Electronic Music
  7. Origins of the Avant-Garde 5. Electronic Pioneers
  8. Cahill, Theremin, Martenot, Trautwein and Hammond 6. Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer and the Institutionalization of Sound 7. Three Pioneers
  9. John Cage, Edgard Varèse and Karlheinz Stockhausen 8. Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky, and The Columbia Tape Music Center 9. Robert Moog, Wendy Carlos, and the Birth of the Commercial Synthesizer 10. ONCE and Future Innovators
  10. Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma 11. The San Francisco School
  11. Ramon Sender, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnik 12. New Approaches, New Styles 13. Electronic Music in the Mainstream
  12. A Loss of History 14. Resources Select Discography.
  13. Select Bibliography.
  14. Index

Author note

Thom Holmes is a composer and performer of electronic music, as well as a software designer and consultant. He was the long-time publisher of the magazine Recordingsof Electronic Music .