Electronic Music History, Culture, Interviews...

Research, interviews, and other thoughts on the development and continuing history of electronic music.

Latest articles

The Sound of Moog: Symposium Notes, part 1

Thom HolmesMoog Sound Lab SurreyI was fortunate enough to be invited to take part in the Moog Sound Lab Symposium held at the University of Surrey (Guildford, UK) on February 3, 2018. Not often do I have the chance to say that I shared the bill with Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle, Chris Watson of Cabaret Voltaire, and Finlay Shakespeare who coordinates...

The Sound of Moog: Symposium Notes, part 2

Speaking Notes from the Moog Symposium, February 3, 2018, at the University of Surrey, UK. Thom Holmes

Music Blogs to Start 2017

by Thom HolmesWith so many music-related links available today on the Internet, it is sometimes daunting to find a blog or two that you can relate to. If your taste ranges from noise music to prepared piano and anything acoustic or electronic in between, you might find it as difficult as I do to filter out the massive amount of commercial music sites...

Intervals •Notes for a new Album Release

On January 6, 2017, I will release my new downloadable album called Intervals. This is my first album in a year and marks the culmination of several experiments in composition during the past twelve months. For those who are interested, here are some notes explaining the works and techniques used for Intervals.Intervals will be available on iTunes and...

Six Generations of Electronic Music Instrument Technology

by Thom Holmes From today’s perspective, electronic music is a medium that provides robust tools for controlling and manipulating natural and synthesized sound, analog or digital, and exists dually as a recorded and performance art form. Yet it evolved from a lively foundation of instruments and experimentation, with each generation of practitioners...

The Spheres--Log

by Thom Holmes What follows are the liner notes for my album, The Spheres, available on iTunes and elsewhere. Order from iTunes or Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/gsbfqto The Spheres--Log Extracts from the ship’s log. (1) We set out on an interstellar journey. Five hundred people. Toward a distant galaxy. I find solace in the sounds of a world left behind....

How to Present a History of Electronic Music

by Thom Holmes Giving a talk about the history of electronic music poses some challenges. While people are interested in who did what and when, they can get most of that information most effectively from a well-illustrated book, like my own Electronic and Experimental Music. But when giving a talk or teaching a class, the history of electronic music...

EMS: The Little Synth Company That Could, Part II

by Thom Holmes In my previous blog, I discussed the origins and early history of Electronic Music Studios Ltd., better known as EMS. The principal players were Peter Zinovieff (founder, composer, and chief money man), engineer David Cockerell, programmer Peter Grogno, and composer Tristram Cary. Finding sudden success with sales of the VCS3 (aka as...

EMS: The Little Synth Company That Could, Part I

by Thom Holmes In 1970, America had the Moog Modular Synthesizer, a sizeable device made-up of individual components housed in a large cabinet. While the product line essentially revolved around a few off-the-shelf models, one could essentially customize the Moog by adding or deleting a wide variety of components. It represented the state-of-the-art...

Maximum Turntablism

by Thom HolmesWe are once again in an age of turntablism. Turntables are used by themselves, in tandem with other computer music instruments, and generally tied into the various digital recording and playback media available to the composer. But more than 65 years ago—when the first tape recorders were being applied to the recording and composition...

Discover, share and read the best on the web

Subscribe to RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters! Get unfiltered news feeds or filter them to your liking.

Get Inoreader
Inoreader - Subscribe to RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters!