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.
By Andy Battaglia on 06.13.14 in Reviews
Angus MacLise has as cool a counterculture pedigree as could ever be imagined: Fluxus artist, student of Aleister Crowley, friend of William Burroughs, collaborator with composers like La Monte Young, drummer for one of...
By Chuck Eddy on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Bob "The Bear" Hite is said to have begun collecting 78s as a mere cub, long before founding hippie blues band Canned Heat. He died in 1981, but his rare grooves live on. Compiled by a Belgium-based DJ known as Dr. Bo...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...
By J. Edward Keyes on 02.26.15 in Features
When we launched Wondering Sound in March of last year, I wrote that the site's purpose was to be "a place where smart, opinionated writers can craft rich, detailed pieces for curious readers." As mission statements go,...