Background - 01-10


The history of so-called Electronic music, under the umbrella of which Tape music loosely shelters, is by definition short. The very first Electroacoustic compositions began to emerge in the 1930s with Walter Ruttman’s Weekend (1930) Johanna Beyers mysterious Music of the Spheres (1938) and John Cage’s 1939 work Imaginary lands; while the first piece to exploit the technology of Electromagnetic sound recording is surely Halim El-Dabh’s The Expression of Zaar, A 1944 piece of proto-musique concrete that El-Dabh created using a magnetic wire recorder; the forerunner of magnetic tape.