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Monday, August 02, 2010

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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.

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 [2]

Vance Maverick

To answer your question, the "most impactful innovation to hit Classical Music" -- as for music in general -- is recording, including playback and reproduction. Electronics are almost as important, and obviously the two overlap, but the ability to hear a performance over, and to hear musicians from other times and places, is an enormous shift.

Aug. 03 2010 01:12 AM
Vance Maverick

I dearly love this station, your music, and your program -- but I could wish for just a few more seconds of silence at the end of each piece.

Aug. 03 2010 01:09 AM

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