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Electronic Music Pioneers [Paperback]

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Author Ben Kettlewell presents an exhaustive text on the illustrious history of electronic music, from its beginnings with Leon Theremin to interviews with Dr. Robert Moog and artist Klaus Shulze. From software synths to Kraftwerk, even gangster rap, the electronic music explosion has made an impact on almost every aspect of the music industry. This exciting new book tells the stories of the people and inventions that revolutionized the musical sound palette. "Electronic Music Pioneers" is an expansive title filled with research and useful knowledge about the history and methods of electronic music with an extensive timeline of this music technology.

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Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   Artistpro
ISBN  1931140170  
ISBN13  9781931140171  
UPC  073999307955  

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wonderful book  Jun 7, 2008
I found this book very informative both historically and as a music technology reference. I've read it from cover to cover 3 times already.
One thing I find curious, is not the book, but some of the reviews of the book I've read on your website. For instance the one by J. B. Durham "djminiwheats" (Chicago, IL USA) is totally fabricated, most likely something cooked up by an author with a similar competing book. None of the inaccuracies this reviewer refer to are in the book, and I've gone through it with a fine tooth comb. It's a pity that false reviews like that creep into the this site website. Most libraries carry the book. I urge perspective readers to check it out before making a purchase. It will be time well spent.
Fact checking?  Feb 24, 2007
Here's an example of how a book that was perfectly well written and probably well researched was ruined by poor fact checking. For example crediting Brian Eno with using an instrumement that came out in the early 80's vs. his extremely well known use of an instrument that came out in 1969.

I tried to enjoy this book and did for the most part, possibly due to my not catching every flaw. I am tempted to believe that this book was killed by poor editing or fact checking. The type of mistakes are not likely to have been made by an author wh is as experieced and knowlegable as Mr. Kettlewell
Could have been so much more  Feb 24, 2007
Summary: Disjoint and Superficial.

The author had access to an outstanding group of individuals and in many cases squandered the opportunity with superficial questions. Instead of getting key insights, I felt like I was getting trivia. The interviews read more like something from People magazine (or maybe a sidebar in a Keyboard/Music magazine) than a highly rated book. Where is the depth that Kettlewell should be able to provide?

I found it impossible to get through section two. The intent may have been to be exhaustive in its list of pioneers, but instead I found it exhausting - dry, dull, superficial and disjoint.

In addition the book is poorly edited, as if rushed to publication.
a great resource  Feb 2, 2006
This book has information on almost every electronic instrument and related piece of equipment in the history of electronic music. It is a perfect book for EM enthusiasts or even those who know a little about vintage synth history and want to learn more, ... a real find. Well researched.
Enlightening in a number of ways  Apr 27, 2003
Published by ArtistPro Press, this is unquestionably a scholarly and serious work... yet at times it reads almost like a novel. Kudos to Kettlewell for making this material educational, accessible and enjoyable in all the right ways.

As a "serious" collector of analog synthesizers, I found this book to be enlightening in a number of ways, clearing up many things I'd been wondering about. For anyone interested in "the invention and impact of the synthesizer," this book is a must. Highly recommended.


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