MUSIC EXTRA: A HISTORY OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY - 2. ELECTRONIC MUSIC PIONEERS (96kbs-m4a/35mb/50mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 4th May 2019
For centuries music was made by strumming strings, blowing horns and banging drums - but at the turn of the 20th Century, the harnessing of electricity meant artists and inventors could create all-new tones and timbres.
In this programme, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason tells the story of some of electronic music's pioneers - from the eerie sound of the Theremin, to German avant-garde experimentation and the automatic music-making machines of Raymond Scott.
While electronic music might be deemed to be a thoroughly modern genre, we remember its history goes back over a hundred years.
The series is produced in association with the Open University.
Sean Williams, The Open University
Lydia Kavina, Theremin player
Tom Rhea, electronic music historian
Wally De Backer a.k.a Gotye, musician
Gottfried Michael Koenig, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Electronic Music Studio and The Institute of Sonology
Herb Deutsch, emeritus professor of electronic music and composition at Hofstra University
(Photo: Leon Theremin plays his musical invention, The Theremin Credit: Getty)