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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduciton to the electronic sounds of yesterday, 27 July 2012
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This review is from: Forbidden Planets: Music From The Pioneers Of Electronic Sound (Audio CD)
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginary landscapes and futurist film tracks, 2 Dec 2010
This review is from: Forbidden Planets: Music From The Pioneers Of Electronic Sound (Audio CD)
Here's the nexus where the academic highbrow rubs up against the populist score-masters of early cold war sci-fi cinema. Most anthologies of early electronic music eschew the mixing of the two streams, generally opting for the more furrow-browed approach. But on comparing Stockhausen's "first masterpiece of electronic music", 1955's Gesang Der Juenglinge, with big screen helpings from Bernard Hermann and Louis and Bebe Barron, the juxtaposition makes total sense.

Movie music by the end of the post-World War II decade was every bit as otherworldly and out-there as those experiments conducted in the world's preeminent educational institutions, attempting to evoke the new climate of fear brought about by the predominantly psychological clash of the two global superpowers. As Alan Clayson observes in his sleevenotes, "To many, the notion of machine-music was unnatural, synthetic... creepy," perfect for the suspenseful atmospheres prevalent in the science-fiction and horror flicks of the time. This ecology of fear is nowhere more evident than on Hermann's score for Robert Wise's masterwork The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), a spellbinding assault structured along a spine of sine-wave generations and acute spectral theremin assault.
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4.0 out of 5 stars weird electronic sounds here we go, 13 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Forbidden Planets: Music From The Pioneers Of Electronic Sound (Audio CD)
this is a real good collection of strange electronic bbc radiophonic type music and background scoresForbidden Planets - Music From the Pioneers of Electronic Sound. if you like strange , minimalistic and atmospheric sounds then get this album
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