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Music Engineering, 2nd Edition by Richard Brice

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Jilted Generation – Science and sensibility

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In 1837, a Dr Page of Massachusetts created a ringing tone using an apparatus involving a horseshoe magnet and a coil of copper wire. He called his creation ‘galvanic music’. Although his contribution to the world of electronic music is neither noteworthy as the invention of a serious instrument or as a work of musical art, it does demonstrate an original mind at work. One that sought to break the barriers of conventional thinking and indeed of conventional culture. A mind that sought to cross the desert that exists between the arts and the sciences. Page started down the long road which, starting as a dirt track, led to the Theremin and the loudspeaker. A track which had turned ...

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