Let’s start by taking a look back at the origins of electronic music and trace how we have gotten to our current state. Read this articleby Joel Chadabe* and comment by 3pm Wednesday January 16th. Your assignment will be complete when you comment on Desire2Learn in ‘OA #1 Discussion.’**
In this article innovation and vision are especially valued. But interestingly some inventions were spectacular failures despite being based on great ideas. Were any of these concepts or innovations ahead of their time?
Also, are any of these instruments new breeds of extant instruments, or are they entirely new musical inventions (or a little of both)? What improvements did these instruments offer? For whom were these innovations intended?
Be sure to check out http://120years.net
*This article is an abbreviated version of a book called Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music, which is a great read.
**A word about commenting protocol: what I am looking for are thoughtful remarks about the assignment, with careful attention paid to writing clearly. Correct punctuation and spelling also matter.
You may choose to engage in a discussion by continuing someone else’s post, but be sure not to simply rephrase the same thing that has already been said.
This assignment (as well as all Online Assignments) is worth 5 points. If you post your well-organized thoughts within the time deadline, 5 points for you. If you don’t meet the deadline or you post something lame, 0 points for you. If you are lazy with punctuation, spelling, etc., then you’ll get 3 points.