Discovering Electronic Music (1983) --
"In his documentary “Discovering Electronic Music” director and writer Bernard Wilets explores the basics of early analog synthesizers and the first digital sampling techniques. With its dreamlike and slightly dated approach, it’s a worthwhile watch— and if you’re curious about how future technology was referenced in the past, this short documentary is every paleofuturist’s dream. It features music by Jean-Claude Risset, Douglas Leedy, F.R. Moore, Stephan Soomil, Rory Kaplan, Geral Strang and more forgotten geniuses of early electronic music." ‎· Smooth Young Priest
Crap! For some reason I don't get the audio with this. Maybe blocked in Canada? ‎· Ken Morley
hover the pointer over the video and see if the volume is set too low at the bottom of the window? ‎· Smooth Young Priest
Nope, nada. ‎· Ken Morley
reboot! reboot! ;D ‎· Smooth Young Priest
These synthesizers look already fairly advanced (1970s?) The really early electronic music was made using lab-graded electronic generators, in a purely analog way. I earlier studied the famous Poême électronique, a piece of architecture by Le Corbusier but also the music written by Edgard Varêse, in collaboration with Philips Labs in Eindhoven, the Netherlands (you can listen to the record here If you look at the settings of Varêse's work in the labs (for example, in this pic, you will see the difference :) ‎· barmaton
You will also find this picture on the cover of the recently published book by Kees Tazelaar, On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands, 1925–1965, an amasongly detailed study of the matter ‎· barmaton
The book "Analog Days" by Trevor Pinch from Harvard Press is an excellent resource. This documentary is from 1983 and shows equipment from the 70s and early 80s. ‎· Smooth Young Priest