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The Tuneful Electron: a history of electronic music



Thursday 6 February 2020, 7 - 8pm


The Fisher Theatre, 10, Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1EE

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Thursday 6 February, 7-8pm

EXPLORE! UEA at the Fisher:

The Tuneful Electron: a history of electronic music

The Fisher Theatre, 10, Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1EE

Stephen Bennett, Institute of Humanities, UEA


One hour talk followed by vigorous discussion in the Fisher bar

Almost as soon as people discovered how to utilise the elemental power of electricity, electronic music was born. The term itself came to be used in the early part of the 20th Century as composers started to explore the possibilities of this new medium. Utilising technology that was designed for communications, industrial processes and computing, instrument engineers and composers have developed, modified and abused all sorts of electronic machinery for musical ends. 

This lecture takes us on a journey from these early pioneers to the present day where electronic music has become one of the most important music genres. We take a trip across Europe, Russia, Japan, the United States and finally return to leafy Suffolk—a county which has played an essential role in the history of the ‘tuneful electron.’ 

About the speaker

Stephen is a Lecturer in Humanities, specialising in media and technology and located in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA. In the Institute he teaches the Media in Practice, Cultural and Creative Industries modules on the Foundation year course and in modules on video games, social media and web design and media practice. Stephen has had a varied career in the music, music technology, television, and film and multimedia fields prior to his work at UEA, as well as a background in research science. A long-term contributor to the UK’s most popular monthly music technology magazine,” Sound on Sound”, he’s also written several books and other articles on the same subject. A multi-instrumentalist, his name has appeared on the credit list of albums alongside Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), David Torn (David Bowie), Tim Bowness (No-Man), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Pat Mastelotto (Mister Mister) and Roger Eno. 

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