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Instruments for new music : sound, technology, and modernism / Thomas Patteson.

Patteson, Thomas [Browse]
  • Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
1 online resource (xii, 236 pages) : illustrations.
Summary note:
"Player pianos, radio-electric circuits, gramophone records, and optical sound film-these were the cutting-edge acoustic technologies of the early twentieth century, and for many musicians and artists of the time, these devices were also the implements of a musical revolution. Instruments for New Music traces a diffuse network of cultural agents who shared the belief that a truly modern music could be attained only through a radical challenge to the technological foundations of the art. Centered in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s, the movement to create new instruments encompassed a broad spectrum of experiments, from the exploration of microtonal tunings and exotic tone colors to the ability to compose directly for automatic musical machines. This movement comprised composers, inventors, and visual artists, including Paul Hindemith, Ernst Toch, Jörg Mager, Friedrich Trautwein, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Ruttmann, and Oskar Fischinger. Patteson's fascinating study combines an artifact-oriented history of new music in the early twentieth century with an astute revisiting of still-relevant debates about the relationship between technology and the arts."--Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-228) and index.
Source of description:
Description based on print version record.
Listening to instruments -- "The joy of precision": mechanical instruments and the aesthetics of automation -- "The alchemy of tone": Jörg Mager and electric music -- "Sonic handwriting": media instruments and musical inscription -- "A new, perfect musical instrument": the trautonium and electric music in the 1930s -- The expanding instrumentarium.
  • 9780520963122 ((electronic bk.))
  • 0520963121 ((electronic bk.))
  • ((paperback ; : alk. paper))
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