This article is by Nicolas Collins, the current editor of the Leonardo Music Journal, is a fantastic overview of many of the main movements in music technology over the last 100+ years. Read the article in its entirety, then comment below by 3pm Wednesday, March 27th.
I’m anticipating that some of you never will have heard of some of the people/terms Collins references. For some quick helps, I’m just going to post links to wikis, though of course it’s much better to really get to know them (and you will eventually in music history classes): Tin Pan Alley; Phil Spector; Anton Webern (you can hear one of his string quartets here); Glenn Gould; IRCAM; Alvin Lucier (Collins took composition lessons from him).
Here’s a Youtube link to the first part of a video documentary of Glenn Gould, if you’re interested.