Conversations With Post World War II Pioneers of Electronic Music

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SKU: BK-pioneers-1
Media Type: Book
Year of Release: 2015

Author: Norma Beecroft

Canadian composer, producer, and broadcaster, Norma Beecroft has compiled 23 transcribed interviews with prominent electroacoustic composers from the 1960s and 1970s. The book explores a variety of themes: the rise of technologies including magnetic tape to computer, the establishment of prominent electronic music studios in Europe and North America, and the unique perspectives and motivations of towering figures in 20th century music, among others.

In this ebook Beecroft documents an extraordinary period of time in the history of music. The post-war era exhibited an unprecedented level of creativity that brought technology to the foreground in music unlike any previous period of time. Through discussions with the featured composers Beecroft shows us how the depth and level of enthusiasm of this technological engagement defined the era.

This unique collection features discussions with composers such as Pierre Schaeffer, Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Hugh Davies. Beecroft also includes several interviews with Canadian colleagues: Gustav Ciamaga, Bill Buxton, James Montgomery, Barry Truax, and Bengt Hambraeus. Beecroft's well-informed, and thoughtful approach to each interview allows the featured composers to elaborate on their own work, and the status of electronic music at the time.

Conversations with Post World War II Pioneers of Electronic Music is a must-have for music enthusiasts and electronic music practitioners. You can view a preview copy below.

Realisation of this e-book: Norma Beecroft
Digital Transfer and Editing (Audio): William Van Ree
Cover image: John Reeves
Transcription of interviews: Norma Beecroft
Translation: Ananda Suddath
Design and Layout: Matthew Fava, and Jennifer Chan

Special thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, who supported the production of this ebook.

Podcast Series

The audio component of the ebook will be released on a regular basis. Check the CMC website for new audio recordings related to the ebook. The migration and preservation of the audio component of this ebook was made possible through the efforts of audio engineer William Van Ree

Podcast 1: Interview with Barry Truax
Podcast 2: Interview with Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer
Podcast 3: Interview with Gustav Ciamaga
Podcast 4: Interview with Bill Buxton
Podcast 5: Interview with Hugh Davies
Podcast 6: Interview with Vladimir Ussachevsky
Podcast 7: Interview with Iannis Xenakis
Podcast 8: Interview with John Cage
Podcast 9: Interview with Jean-Claude Risset & Gerald Bennett
Podcast 10: Interview with Otto Luening
Podcast 11: Interview with Earle Brown
Podcast 12: Interview with Hubert Howe and Earle Brown
Podcast 13: Interview with Emmanuel Ghent
Podcast 14: Interview with Oskar Sala
Podcast 15: Interview with Karel Goeyvaerts
Podcast 16: Interview with François Bayle
Podcast 17: Interview with Karlheinz Stockhausen
Podcast 18: Interview with Gottfried Michael Koenig
Podcast 19: Interview with Peter Zinovieff
Podcast 20: Interview with Luciano Berio
Podcast 21: Interview with James Montgomery
Podcast 22: Interview with Bengt Hambraeus
Podcast 23: Interview with Desmond Briscoe

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