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Electronic and Computer Music$
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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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(p.74) 5 America
Electronic and Computer Music

Peter Manning

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the development of electronic music in America. The lack of institutional support after the Second World War resulted in no major system of lasting significance, until the mid-1950s. Many so-called studios were merely of a collection of tape recorders and interconnecting wires assembled in a back room or, at best, commercial recording systems leased for experimentation. Despite this general lack of resources, however, several composers managed to investigate the creative possibilities of manipulating sounds recorded on tape. Two notable events were Radio Corporation of America's development of a fully self-contained sound synthesizer and the establishment of the Columbia–Princeton Electronic Music Center at Columbia University.

Keywords:   electronic music, musical composition, Radio Corporation of America, sound synthesizer, Columbia–Princeton Electronic Music Center

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