Various, An Anthology Of Noise And Electronic Music Vol,1

Andy Battaglia

By Andy Battaglia

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The perfect introduction to the roots of electronic music.

It always helps to start at the beginning, and it would be hard to go back much further than the beginning of electricity itself. Some of the material in this strong historical primer does just that — or at least something close. The first track features Luigi Russolo, the Italian Futurist who wrote a manifesto for noise and machine music in 1913, and early tape-pieces by the likes of Pierre Schaeffer show what happened a few decades later. Some of it isn't "electronic" at all, but it's easy to hear the conceptual links between the organic drone of "Trance #2" and the attentive sizzle of latter-day industrial group Einsturzende Neubauten.