A Guide to Electronic Music

Griffiths, Paul


London: Thames and Hudson.

Language: English

In this book, which provides a historical perspective (ca.1979), the author offers a survey of music created with and for electronic means of production. The book is structured in three sections: 1) an explanation as to how electronic music developed, its major features, and how is can be listened to; 2) a description of specific kinds of electronic music, including introductions to the work of Stockhausen, Cage, Boulez, Berio, Ligeti, Riley, and Reich; 3) a glossary of terms, and a discography.

Table of contents:

  • Orientation
  • Retrospect
  • Approach
  • 2.1 Out of the known
  • 2.2 The electronic voice
  • 2.3 Out of the unknown
  • 2.4 The instrument and its double
  • 2.5 Rock
  • 2.6 Electronic instruments
  • 2.7 Live electronic ensembles
  • 2.8 The music of the world
  • 3.1 Recordings
  • 3.2 Glossary
  • 3.3 Bibliography