Mars by 1980

Mars by 1980

by David Stubbs

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 31/07/2018

  $17.92

Electronic music is now ubiquitous, from mainstream pop hits to the furthest reaches of the avant garde. But how did we get here? In Mars by 1980, David Stubbs charts the evolution of synthesised tones, from the earliest mechanical experiments in the late nineteenth century, through the musique concrete of the Futurists and radical composers such as Pierre Schaeffer and Karl Stockhausen, to the gradual absorption of electronic instrumentation into the mainstream, be it through the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, grandiose prog rock or the DIY approach of electronica, house and techno.


Stubbs tells a tale of mavericks and future dreamers, malfunctioning devices and sonic mayhem. But above all, he describes an essential story of authenticity: is this music? Mars by 1980 is the definitive account that answers this question.

ISBN:
9780571323982
9780571323982
Category:
Electronic music
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
31-07-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
David Stubbs

David Stubbs is a British author and music journalist. Alongside Simon Reynolds, he was one of the co-founders of the Oxford magazine Monitor before going on to join the staff at Melody Maker.

He later worked for NME, Uncut and Vox, as well as The Wire. His work has appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, Spin, The Guardian, The Quietus and GQ.

He has written a number of books, including a song by song profile of Jimi Hendrix and Fear Of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen, a comparative study of 20th century avant garde music and art. He currently lives in London.

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