120 Years Of Electronic Music

120 Years of Electronic Music* is a project that outlines and analyses the history and development of electronic musical instruments from around 1880 onwards.

Helmholtz

Press Here To Enter The Main Site: 120 Years Of Electronic Music 

The ideas put forward in Ferrucio Busoni’s ‘Sketch of a New Aesthetic of Music’ (1907) inspired a generation of composers to explore micro-tonal and varied intonation and Hermann von Helmholtz’s ‘On the Sensations of Tone’ (1863) provided an understanding of the physics of sound suggesting the possibility of creating an unlimited palette of tones and shapes beyond the restriction of traditional instrumentation. This lead directly to the design of several new instrument; Thadeus Cahill’s Telharmonium (1897) and Jörg Mager’s Sphäraphon (1920s) amongst many other, that explored new forms of interaction freeing the composer and musician from the ‘tyranny’ of the fixed tempered Piano keyboard (which at the beginning of electronic music instrument design was a fairly recent standard). Though this experiment was ultimately doomed due to commercial pressure on instrument designers to provide simulations of existing instruments on a fixed tempered scale for popular music, the concept survived into the 1960s in ‘serious’ experimental music with the era of the Electronic Music Studio; GRM, Milan, WDR, Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center etc. and even Moog (in the original instruments) and Buchla’smodular synthesisers. More recently interest in atonality and non-manual control has re-surfaced with software synthesis and audio computer languages.

32rhythmicon

ThereminBrochure03

TelharmoniumtestP108

musicaltelegraf

PDF Version Located Here: 120 Years of Electronic Music (PDF)

Advertisements

Monkey Machine-Online Drum Machine

Press Here To Enter The Site

Large Archive Of MIDI Drum Beats: Here

“Monkey Machine is a free online drum machine for creating drum loops and providing rhythmic accompaniment for musicians. Monkey Machine features are:
Over 20 high quality drum kits provided by Natural Studio and Hydrogen.
Extremely accurate timing.
Online drum beat database with over 10 000 downloadable drum beats.
Export drum beats as MIDI files.
Tap tempo.
Variable time signatures.”

Breakage: The Intelligent Drum Machine

“Breakage is an intelligent drum machine designed to make it easy and fun to play complex, live breakbeat performances. A step-sequencer pattern editor and previewer, database, sample browser, neural network, pattern morphs, statistics and probabilistic pattern generator give you the tools to work with breaks on a higher level than ever before.”

Press Here To Enter The Site

Press Here To Access Drum Samples At FreeSound.org