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Electronic Inspirations : technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde
Éditeur Oxford University Press
Année copyright 2019
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Electronic Inspirations : technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde
1 volume (XI-303 p.) : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Electronic Inspirations Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde 2019
Bibliogr. p. 251-292. Index
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786.709 045
Introduction ; Chapter 1. Origins: Creating a Laboratory ; Chapter 2. Kinship: Cage, Tudor, and the Timbral Utopia ; Chapter 3. Collaboration: The Science and Culture of Additive Synthesis ; Chapter 4. Reclaiming Technology: From Information Theory to Statistical Form ; Chapter 5: Controversy: The Aleatory Debates beyond Darmstadt ; Chapter 6: Techno-Synthesis: From Vocoder Speech to Electronic Music ; Epilogue
Résumé éditeur : "For a decimated post-war West Germany, the electronic music studio at the WDR radio in Cologne was a beacon of hope. Jennifer Iverson's Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde traces the reclamation and repurposing of wartime machines, spaces, and discourses into the new sounds of the mid-century studio. In the 1950s, when technologies were plentiful and the need for reconstruction was great, West Germany began to rebuild its cultural prestige via aesthetic and technical advances. The studio's composers, collaborating with scientists and technicians, coaxed music from sine-tone oscillators, noise generators, band-pass filters, and magnetic tape. Together, they applied core tenets from information theory and phonetics, reclaiming military communication technologies as well as fascist propaganda broadcasting spaces. The electronic studio nurtured a revolutionary synthesis of science, technology, politics, and aesthetics. Its esoteric sounds transformed mid-century music and continue to reverberate today. Electronic music-echoing both cultural anxiety and promise-is a quintessential Cold War innovation."
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