Electronic Music History


Points of Study for early electronic music

“Electronic music: a generic term describing music that uses electronically generated sound or sound modified by electronic means, which may or may not be accompanied by live voices or musical instruments, and which may be delivered live or through speakers”

Otto Luening w. Vladimir Ussachevsky: first American composer to systematically explore “tape music” in the US
-b. Milwaukee, WI, 1900
-learned about electronic sound as a compositional tool in 1918 from Ferruccio Busoni (with whom he was studying in Zurich)
-flutist, opera conductor, accompanist
-a Director of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center
-former member of Julliard School faculty
-Professor Emeritus at Columbia University

Man’s World of Sound, J. R. Pierce and E. E. Davis
Sanskrit grammarians of 3rd/4th centuries BC describe variations in sounds when moving mouth/tongue

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