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Electronic Pioneers - #65

Electronic Pioneers - #65

Playing tracks by

John Cage, Clara Rockmore, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Louis and Bebe Barron, Mario Davidovsky and more.

Not more than 100 years ago, every sound heard in human history was generated through physical vibrations: plucking strings, hammers, drums, vocal cords. The rise of technologies (like the oscillator, magnetic tape, and vacuum tubes), along with a spirit of iconoclasm and an embrace of the avant-garde in the mid-20th century led to the creation of electronic music. Created from government-sponsored research and housed at universities, electronic music found its way out of the lab and became a global phenomenon. Modern classical music was the ultimate point of reference for the early electronic musicians who broke all barriers to bring strange sounds from the ether into our ears.