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Modulations : a history of electronic music : throbbing words on sound
Shapiro, Peter, 1969-
Publication Information:
New York : Caipirinha Productions, [2000]

Physical Description:
255 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Pioneers. Roll tape : pioneers in Musique concrète / Rob Young ; Interview : Pierre Henry -- Krautrock. Kosmik dance : Krautrock and its legacy / Simon Reynolds ; Interview : Can -- Disco. Disco : playing with a different sex / Peter Shapiro ; Interview : Giorgio Moroder ; Sidebar : Dub ; Sidebar : Jazz-funk ; Interview : Teo Macero ; Sidebar : Afro-futurism -- Post punk. Snarl : a post-industrial automaton / Peter Shapiro ; Interview : Genesis P-Orridge ; Sidebar : Synth-pop -- House. The reinvention of house / Kodwo Eshun -- Hip-hop. Iron needles of death and a piece of wax / David Toop ; Interview : Arthur Baker ; Sidebar : Miami bass ; Sidebar : Freestyle -- Techno. Days of future past / Mike Rubin ; Interview : Derrick May -- Jungle. Modern states of mind / Chris Sharp ; Interview : Squarepusher ; Sidebar : Breakbeats ; Sidebar : Gabba -- Ambient. Basic ambient story / Tony Marcus -- Downtempo. Lost in music / Kurt Reighley ; Interview : Scanner -- Technology. Analog fetishes and digital futures / Michael Berk ; Interview : Robert Moog -- Epilogue : Interview : Alvin Toffler.
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ML1380 .M63 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A technophile's wet dream going beyond the limits of an encyclopedia or a record guide, here are essays by musicians and music journalists which illuminate genres techno, house, krautrock, disco, hip-hop, jungle, drum'n'bass, ambient and downtempo. Probing the conceptual origins of synthesised sound and including legendary names Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Robert Moog and John Cage, the black roots of electronic music are also documented, from free-jass traveller Sun Ra to funk inovators Parliament and Funkadelic. With sections on fusion, dub, post-punk, breakbeats+.

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Library Journal Review

In this expansive history of electronic music, Shapiro (The Rough Guide to Drum `n' Bass) chronicles the creative moment of generating sound through sampling, mixing, and manipulation. Written by musicians and aficionados, the articles assembled here form a fascinating account of innovators from John Cage to Miles Davis, thoroughly exploring this sprawling genre and its musical offshoots. Densely packed and meticulously detailed, the book makes some startling geographic and stylistic leaps in an effort to trace the comprehensive history of electronic music. Through interviews, vivid pictures, and crisp commentary, it illustrates how electronic music is now at work in the majority of today's musical styles. This work, a tie-in to Iara Lee's 1998 film of the same name, explores in greater detail some of the same ground covered in J.M. Kelly's The Rough Guide to Techno Music (2000). An essential tool for anyone interested in this music, whether mildly or deeply.DCaroline Dadas, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.