Griffiths, Paul


A Guide to Electronic Music

London: Thames and Hudson.

Language(s): English


Musique Concrète Electroacoustic Instruments Synthesizer Computer Music Electronic Music Live Electronics


The first chapter presents a brief history of musique concrète and electronic music pioneers, their technical instruments and devices, and their musical approach. The second chapter, the most detailed, introduces the most important composers and musicians of classical and rock cultures, their works and performances, and the characteristics of their musical language through eight trends (see the table of contents).

Table of contents:

  1. Introductions
    - Orientation
    - Retrospect
    - Approach
  2. The electronic repertory
    - Out of the known
    - The electronic voice
    - Out of the unknown
    - The instrument and its double
    - Rock
    - Electronic instruments
    - Live electronic ensembles
    - The music of the world
  3. Appendices
    - Recordings
    - Glossary
    - Bibliography

All references of the same author:


Griffiths, Paul (1979). A Guide to Electronic Music
Griffiths, Paul (1984). Three works by Jonathan Harvey: the electronic mirror