19 artists, 354 songs
Although the use of electronic instruments to create sound began in the late 1800s, it was not until the 1910s that the recordings of these musical innovations first started to be distributed publicly. This program mainly consists of the music created by the inventors of these unique electronic musical instruments and techniques, and provides an overview of the evolution of early electronic music from the theremin to the Clavivox to magnetic tape recording manipulation. Avant-garde classical composers were some of the first to get excited by the sound options that these new technologies provided. These composers often chose not to make alterations to their musical vision simply to increase the accessibility for a general audience, and so some extremely innovative, but challenging, music has come out of this genre.