“I always saw a divide between music that was based purely on sound design and tunes that were written to physically move people. A challenge for me has been to try and make ‘tunes’ using aspects of sound design normally associated with highbrow academic studies in this area. I don’t know how successful I’ve been but that was a goal anyway.” – Amon Tobin, in his MySpace blog.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Beats: The Early Years
The roots of electronic music are planted in the theoretical and experimental camps of early 20th century composers. Edgard Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Schaeffer, and the like were primarily concerned with sound as sound rather than pure notation, expanding beyond tonality and traditional song structure with the aid of technological advances. Then, somewhere between Kraftwerk in the early ‘70s, disco in the late ‘70s, and the Madchester rave scene in the late ‘80s…