Ernst, David


The Evolution of Electronic Music

New York: Schimer Books-Macmillan Publishing.

Language(s): English


Musique Concrète Synthesizer Sound Shaping Synthesis and Resynthesis Techniques Analysis Electroacoustic Music Electronic Music Live Electronics Mixed Work


The author divides his book into three parts: solo tape, mixed work and live electronics. In analysing each category, he focuses on the relationships between them and related works. Furthermore, he analyses the most important works by Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti and Paris school of musique concrète and presents a selected discography for each category. He concludes with descriptions of commonly used compositional techniques.

Table of contents: Chronological list of pre-1948 events related to electronic music

  1. Music for solo tape
    - Music from voices and instruments
    - Music from Electronic and concrète sounds
    - Music from vocal, electronic and other concrète sources
  2. Music for performers and tape
    - Music for voice and tape
    - Music for instruments and tape
  3. Live electronics
    - Tape recorders in live performance
    - Amplification/modification in live performance
    - Live electronics ensembles
    - Synthesizers in live performance
  4. Compositional techniques

All references of the same author:


Ernst, David (1972). Musique Concrète