Techniques Of Early Electronic Music

In his latest video, synthesist Hainbach takes a hands-on look at techniques of early electronic music.

Hainbach demonstrates some of these ‘lost’ techniques, using vintage oscillators under hand control, layering sound on tape, tape editing and tape effects and more. Then, in ‘Against The Clock’ fashion, he makes an electronic piece live.

Video Summary:

“I was asked by Goethe Institut Tokyo and Gebrüder Teichmann to do a talk on early electronic music techniques, with a special focus on Stockhausen and the WDR. I had no idea how I could present the results of my research in a fun way until the morning it was due, when a friend asked me to connect the dots of what I was doing. What a better way then to create a piece, like I do on my channel anyway?

Using techniques by Stockhausen and others at the WDR Studio, I assembled a piece with audience help in an “Against The Clock” fashion.

I held this talk at Superbooth22, thanks to everyone at the stage, sound, light and film crew for making this recording.”

4 thoughts on “Techniques Of Early Electronic Music

  1. This video brings to my mind the early days of electronic ‘Music Concete’….Milton Babbit…John Cage, the sound score to ‘Forbidden Planet’….early Cluster (FromGermany)

  2. This video is absolutely enjoyable. Worth everyone’s time. I’d love to see more of these kind of technique videos. That old music was so distinctive and I love any info on how it was made.

  3. Very nice stuff. Its still possible to find old lab equipment in working condition and try this out for one’s self. If anyone get’s the chance to grab an old function generator, oscilloscope, short wave radio, field tape machine, do it. Make music and save this stuff from the landfill. I recently picked up an Heathkit tube based oscillator for forty euroes. Its working perfectly, has schematics pasted on the back of its case and makes me look like I know what I am doing! (which I really don’t) He he he 🙂

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