When I went to high school in the early 90's, I became interested in the start of the early electronic soundscapes of the 50's. I got some books to read, but it was harder to get to listen to the music on record.
I asked the prime classic CD vendors in Sweden at the time, but the answer I got was something like "Well, ask the library at the Royal Collage of Music. They might have something."
Time passed. I got some stuff from the 60's and some Theremin albums. Xenakis. Ralph Lundsten. Compilations from Elektronmusikstudion and the BBC Workshop.
But I still missed a lot of the tracks I have read about.
Then, in the early noughties, I bought the Ohm+: the Early Gurus of Electronic Music 1948 - 1980/3CD+DVD
box (or rather the earlier one without the DVD). Great stuff, but still some - mostly German stuff - was missing.
If I today would recommend a starting point for the young person interested in the roots of electronic music, I would recommend this double CD: There are so many essential tracks here: "Klangstudie 2", "Gesang Der Juenglinge ", "Poeme Electronique" and two tracks from the film Forbidden Planet.
The sound quality and track order is good, but the liner notes are not great. The text looks like it is a compacted version of another text and at times hard to grasp. Instead, I recommend the book Electric Sound: the Past and Promise of Electronic Music
as an complement.Forbidden Planets Volume Two
is not bad, either. But buy this one first!
And one more thing. Why is it that they have left out Clara Rockmore, Samuel J. Hoffman or the Theremin at large in this series?