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Electronic and experimental music

Electronic and experimental music

Holmes, Thom

The third edition of this history of technology and music incorporates a contemporary pedagogical design, offering a variety of learning aids to help readers understand and review basic concepts, history, and milestones in electronic music

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
3rd ed.
Published New York; London: Routledge, 2008
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Statement of responsibility: technology, music, and culture ; Thom Holmes
ISBN: 0415957818, 0415957826, 9780415957816, 9780415957823
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous ed.: 2002.
Physical Description: xviii, 462 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Computer music; Avant-garde (Music); Electroacoustic music; Electronic music History and criticism.; Experimental music; Electronic music


  1. Part 1. Early History-Predecessors and Pioneers (1874 to 1960) 1. Electronic Music Before 2. Early Electronic Music in Europe 3. Early Electronic Music in the United States and Latin America 4. Early Electronic Music in Japan, Southeast Asia, and China Part 2. Analog Synthesis and Instruments 5. Tape Composition and Fundamental Concepts of Electronic Music 6. Early Synthesizers and Experimenters 7. Principles of Analog Synthesis and Voltage Control 8. The Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer Part 3. Digital Synthesis and Computer Music 9. Early Computer Music (1953-95) 10. The Microprocessor Revolution (1975-2011) 11. The Principles of Computer Music Part 4. The Music 12. Classical and Experimental Music 13. Jazz, Live Electronic Music, and Ambient Music 14. Rock, Space Age Pop, and Turntablism

Author note

Thom Holmes is a composer and music historian. He studied composition with Paul Epstein in Philadelphia, was the long-time publisher of the magazine Recordings of Experimental Music(1979-1985), and worked with John Cage.


'The book is a superlative intersection of history and practice. With its charts, pictures, historical antecedents, and well-explained concepts, Electronic and Experimental Music is an essential resource for anyone interested in extraordinary sound.'Chris DeLaurenti, The Stranger

'This third edition effectively replaces both previous editions due to substantial additions and a well-executed reorganization... Holmes does an excellent job of avoiding unnecessary technical jargon while providing specific information on the analog techniques and digital software and hardware that have driven the development of this genre... This well-known history remains an invaluable guide for those hoping to gain a firm grounding in the history and culture of electronic music...  Highly recommened.' - CHOICE