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Monday, February 01, 2010

There’s no doubt that electronics, indeed electricity has had a huge impact on classical music; the recording industry alone has revolutionized the way we play, interface with, listen to, and share music. Similarly, the impact of electronics and electronic instruments on the composition of classical music has been monumental; in fact we are only just beginning to understand the possibilities of these new technologies.

This week on Nadia Sirota on Q2, we are exploring the evolution of Electronics in Classical Music. We’ll start by focusing on some of the earliest electronic instruments, the Theremin and the Ondes Martenot. The Theremin is the invention of Russian inventor, Léon Theremin, and is controlled exclusively by one’s proximity to the instrument.

Since the Theremin, electronic instruments have really taken off, from the Casio keyboard to the GuitarBot.

One of the most exciting things about working with electronics is the play between the possible “perfection” of electronically-generated material and the fallibility/personality of human performance. Composers are exploring both sides of this divide and creating some really compelling music.

Okay also here....

(arguably a cultural acme in re Theremin advances, ahem)

I think that electronics are the single most impactiful innovation to hit Classical Music since the clarinet. What do you think? What will millennial music be remembered for?

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Nadia Sirota

Comments [1]

Dan Leeman from Ottawa, ON, Canada

Nadia: It is so neat that this afternoon
you played a movement from the
Turangalila Symphony of Messiaen!
Just last evening, I played my copy of the
entire work. Mine is a Naxos recording by
the Polish National Radio orchestra
conducted by Antoni Wit. The Ondes
Martenot played by Thomas Bloch.
Pianist - Francois Weigel. Unfortunately,
I can't listen this Friday afternoon as I
have to go out. Thanks.

Feb. 01 2010 12:58 PM

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