History of Electronic Music

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    Important Dates in Electronic Music History

  • Teleharmonium Invented

    Teleharmonium Invented
    Invented by Thaddeus Cahill. Instrument weighed 7 tons.
  • Wire Recorders In Use

    Wire Recorders In Use
    First practical tape recorder called Magnetophon.
  • Theremin Invented

    Leon Theremin playing a ThereminInvented by Leon Theremin, a Russian physicist. Not patented until 1928.
  • Ondes Martenot Invented

    Ondes Martenot Invented
    Invented by Maurice Martenot. Similar in design to the Theremin.
  • Tape Recorder Invented

    Reel-to-reel tape recorder invented. First tape recorder to be publicly available, sold as a consumer technology after World War II.
  • Musique Concrete

    Musique Concrete
    Term coined by Pierre Schaeffer. French for "real music," the genre utilizes concrete sounds that eminate from natural phenomena.
  • First Electronic Music For Magnetic Tape Composed

    First Electronic Music For Magnetic Tape Composed
    Composed by Louis and Bebe Barron. These men are considered pioneers in the American history of Electronic Music.

    CSIRACFirst digital computer to play electronic music. It originated in Australia and is still around today.
  • RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer

    RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer
    First programmable electronic synthesizer. Installed at Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center.
  • Minimoog Invented

    Minimoog Invented
    Invented by Bill Hemstash and Robert Moog. Designed to include all important elements of larger synthesizers, but be compact enough to play during live performances.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Electronic Music

    Composed by Charles Wuorien. Called "Time's Encomium"
  • MIDI Developed

    MIDI Wiki PageMIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
  • Yamaha DX7

    Yamaha DX7
    First commercially successful digital synthesizer. Manufactured from 1983-1986.
  • First Laptop Orchestra

    Known as Huddersfield Electronic Laptop Orchestra
  • Cosmic Pulses

    Album by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Last album he produced before his death in December of 2007.