Hour-long podcasts detailing the development and expansion of electronic music from the invention of the Telharmonium in 1899 through to the many genres and artists of the present day.
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PART 1 - This part covers the early electronic instruments, the telharmonium, the trautonium and the ondes martenot and features music from 1930 to 1947 by Paul Hindemith, Olivier Messiaen and others.
PART 2 - Part 2 is all about the theremin, it's early use in classical music and later in film music. Featured music includes Free Music #1 by Percy Grainger (one of the earliest examples of purely electronic music), and music from the films Spellbound (Miklos Rozsa) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (Bernard Herrmann). Spans the years 1929 to 1957.
PART 3 - This part covers 2 early Hammond instruments, the famous organ and the less well known synthesizer, the Novachord. Features music from 1940 to 1969 by Ethel Smith, Jimmy Smith (no relation) and the TV series The Twilight Zone.
PART 4 - Musique Concrete, Tape Music and the early electronic avant-garde are discussed and explored. With music from Pierre Henry, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
PART 5 - Tape music and electronics in performance, early computer music and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Music by Terry Riley, Jean-Claude Risset, Delia Derbyshire and many more.
PART 6 - The rise of the synth. EMS, Buchla and of course Moog are looked into along with the way the once hated sound of the synthesiser gained popularity. Music by Wendy Carlos, Gershon Kingsley's First Moog Quartet, Yes and more.
PART 7 - Krautrock Part 1. A brief look at the electro-rock coming out of Germany in late 60's and early 70's, then a more detailed look at the career and music of Tangerine Dream.
PART 8 - Krautrock Part 2. An exploration of the "Dusseldorf School" and lots of music by it's main proponent Kraftwerk.
PART 9 - Ambient, from it's roots in minimalism and Indian classical music through to it's full expression in the ideas and music of Brian Eno. Featuring music by LaMonte Young, Cluster and of course, Brian Eno.
PART 10a and PART 10b - An in-depth look and juxtoposition of two major electronic artists, Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis. From their early works in the 60's, through their classic works in the 70's and 80's, to their current output.