There is probably more electronic music produced than any other genre, and that’s probably been the case for the last 20 to 30 years. And I don’t just mean electronics used in music supplementing conventional singing and instrumentation.
It hardly ever gets mentioned here, probably because it’s not audiophile enough. Kraftwerk and that’s about it.
I learned something this weekend. Don’t think it was Moog or Buckla who kicked things off in the 1960s. No sirreee.
It was a WOMAN. And an ENGLISH woman. In a DRESS. And she worked for the BBC. And she was qualified in MUSIC and ELECTRONICS.
Her name was Daphne Oram and she was a BBC engineer. She is famous for founding the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, that has been making electronic tunes and noises since 1958, and still does. Most famous for the Dr Who theme. She was already a BBC veteran, joining in 1942 and working as a sound engineer at the Proms.
A the age of 23, in 1948, she composed a piece if electronic music called Still Point. If was finally performed, at the Proms, 70 years after it was composed.
A short introduction
Here’s her synthesiser from the early 1960s.
Chemical Brothers, eat your heart out.