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PGM 1290 : "ELECTRONIC FOSSILS"
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DESCRIPTION : the early sound of popular electronic music
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GENRE(s) : Electronic Space
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FEED DATE : 7-30-21
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INTRO : Electronic music is everywhere today, so it's surprising to learn that as a popular genre it's only about 50 years old. While the earliest examples go back to the late 19th century, until the 1960s electronic music was rare, expensive, and almost exclusively the domain of obscure academic and experimental musicians.

These early theorists realized that electronics would vastly expand the tones and timbres available to composers. This led to popular electronic versions of Bach and Debussy, and electro-acoustic combinations of conventional and electronic instruments. More seriously, it led to a revival of so-called "tone color" music, an evolution of the Romantic "tone poems" of Richard Strauss, Liszt, and Wagner ù while more radical artists used electronics to create new forms of music that had never been heard before.

It all came together in the 1970s, when the advent of relatively affordable electronic synthesizers, drum machines, effects processors, and recording equipment fueled an era of rapid discovery, invention and innovation, and the beginning of popular electronic music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we look back at the sound of electronic music in the 1970s, on a program called ELECTRONIC FOSSILS.

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 DOUG McKECHNIE
  "Berkeley Art Museum" (edited) < 0:00->12:23 >
   : SAN FRANCISCO MOOG: 1968-72; VG+ Records 004; 2020
   : Info & Orders: www.vgplusrecords.com; www.dougmckechnie.bandcamp.com

 MICHAEL GARRISON
  "To the Other Side of the Sky" < 12:23->17:30 >
   : IN THE REGIONS OF SUNRETURN; Windspell WS 112856; 1979
     http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Garrison-Regions-Sunreturn-Windspell/dp/B08QDK9RZQ
     CD reissue on Windspell (RE 79 CD) in 1991
   : Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Garrison_(musician)
   ùsegueù
 JEAN-MICHEL JARRE
  "Oxygene (Part III)" < 17:30->20:47 >
   : OXYGENE; Polydor 800 015-2; 1976/1983
     http://www.amazon.com/Oxygene-Jean-Michel-Jarre/dp/B00HO07548
   : Info: www.jeanmicheljarre.com
   ùsegueù
 TANGERINE DREAM
  "Phaedra" (part) < 20:47->25:26 >
   : PHAEDRA; Virgin CDV 2010; 1974/1985
     http://www.amazon.com/Phaedra-Tangerine-Dream/dp/B07QH1H15P
   : Info: www.tangerinedream-music.com

 DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT (German Workmanship)
  "Der Grosse Atem" (part) < 25:26->33:25 >
   : (THE MICROCOSM): VISIONARY MUSIC OF CONTINENTAL EUROPE,
     1970-1986; Light In The Attic LITA 143; 2016
     http://www.amazon.com/Microcosm-Visionary-Continental-Europe-1970-1986/dp/B01LWJ4OHG
     originally on DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT; Sky 049; Germany 1981
   : Info: www.lightintheattic.net; www.deutschewertarbeit.bandcamp.com

 LAURIE SPIEGEL
  "Finding Voice" (extended) < 33:25->37:04 >
  "The Hollows" < 37:04->41:56 >
   : UNSEEN WORLDS; Scarlet IS 88802-2; 1991
     reissued by Unseen Worlds (UW22CD) in 2019
     http://www.unseenworlds.bandcamp.com/album/unseen-worlds
   : Info: www.unseenworlds.com; www.retiary.org

 KLAUS SCHULZE
  "Irrlicht, I: Satz: Ebene" < 41:56->47:11 >
   : THE ESSENTIAL 72-93; Virgin 7243 8 39300 2 9; France 1994
     http://www.amazon.com/Essential-72-93-Klaus-Schulze/dp/B0000259Z4
     originally on IRRLICHT; Ohr OMM 566.022; Germany 1972
   : Info: www.klaus-schulze.com

 ROBERT RICH
  "Amrita (Water of Life)" < 47:11->52:59 >
   : NUMENA + GEOMETRY; Fathom 11077-2; 1997
     http://www.amazon.com/Numena-Geometry-Robert-Rich/dp/B000000X7V
     originally on GEOMETRY; Spalax (14279); France 1991
   : Info: www.valley-entertainment.com/collections/robert-rich;
     www.robertrich.com

 TANGERINE DREAM
  "Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares" (edited) < 52:59->58:59 >
   : PHAEDRA; Virgin CDV 2010; 1974/1985
     http://www.amazon.com/Phaedra-Tangerine-Dream/dp/B07QH1H15P
   : Info: www.tangerinedream-music.com

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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
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