History of Electronic Music Timeline

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    History Of Electronic Music

    The History of Electronic Music has extremely changed over time. Starting from building an instrument using everyday objects to performing music off of the iPhone. Technology has changed and advanced music like no other. What will music be like within the next decade or century?
  • Electronic Music

    Electronic Music
    Electronic Music had began to emerge to the US in the Late 1890's. It began in the late 19th century and the early 20th. There is no exact date.
  • Thaddeus Cahill's Teleharmonium

    About the Teleharmonium.The Teleharmonium is an early electronic instrument that was invented by Thaddeus Cahill. It was officially patented in 1897.
  • The Wurlizter

    The Wurlizter
    As the popularity of the Teleharmonium began to fade, the new invention was The Wurlizter. Also called a theatre organ.
  • Edgard Varese

    Edgard Varese
    Edgard Varese was known as the "Father of Electronic Music." He moved to the United States in 1915 and was one of the first composers of the development of electronic music. His goal was to make entirely new and organized sounds in which he became successful. He was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
  • The Theremin

    The Theremin
    In 1920, one of the most radical instruments was born. The Theremin. Invented by Leon Theremin. It was a very unique instrument because it didn't have to be touched to be played. It was played by the movement of your hands.
  • The Ondes Martenot

    The Ondes Martenot
    Followed by the invention of the Theremin was the invention of the Ondes Martenot. This instrument had a very similar sound to the theremin, but was a lot better in tone and quality.
  • Hammond Organ

    Hammond Organ
    Laurens Hammond invented an instrument that was extremely similar to the Teleharmonium. It was called the Hammond Organ. It was about the size of a standard piano and was built to mimic the sound of a pipe organ.
  • Turntablism

    Turntablism: The art of manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph or digital turntables.
    Although turntables may seem like they are newer instruments, they were actually played in the early period of Musique Concrete.
  • Les Paul

    Les Paul
    In 1941, Les Paul had an extreme impact on electronic music. He had invented the solid body electric guitar. Also known as the Les Paul Guitar.
  • Musique Concrete

    Musique Concrete
    Musique Concrete: A form of Electronic Music.
    Louis and Bebe Barron were the two early pioneers of Musique Concrete in the U.S. They composed Heavenly Menagerie which was the first electronic piece of music written in the United States.
  • Computer Composed Music

    Computer Composed Music
    In 1957, Bell Labs engineer Max Mathews was the first man to synthesize music on a computer. He succeeded in being able to play a few notes of music on the computer.
  • RCA Mark II

    RCA Mark II
    Synthesizer- a device that produces a wide variety of sounds by generating and combining signals of different frequencies.
    The first programmable electronic music synthesizer was the RCA Mark II. Which was designed by Herbert Balar and Harry Olsen in 1958.
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    The Beatles consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harisson, and Ringo Starr. The group of 4 guys changed the music world forever. They were legends in the rock music scene. But they also highly impacted the genre of electronic music. They had used many of the electronic instruments that had been invented. Such as the moog synthesize, tape loops, the Leslie Speaker and etc..
  • Moog Synthesizer

    Moog Synthesizer
    A Moog Synthesizer was more modern than the RCA Mark II. It was invented by Robert Moog and was much easier to use than the RCA.
    The Moog Synthesizer came to be a very successful instrument.
  • MIDI

    In January of 1983 a group of manufacturers got together to agree on MIDI. MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is a system of language in which allows electronic musical instruments to send information to computers or to be able to talk to eachother.
  • Laptop Orchestra

    Laptop Orchestra
    The first Laptop Orchestra was founded in 2005 by Professor Trueman and Perry Cook at Princeton University.
    A Laptop Orchestra is basically an orchestra who's music is played using laptops.
    There are many Laptop Orchestras around the world but the two most known ones are the PLOrk (Princeton Laptop Orchestra) and the SLOrk (Standford Laptop Orchestra)