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African American Studies Critical Guide to OHAM: Electronic


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“Electronic Music”—that is music created, enhanced, or manipulated by electronic technology—has transformed the terrain of performance and composition across virtually every musical genre. Many of the innovators in electronic music were musicians as well as engineers; each shift in the history of electronic music has inevitably altered both the technology and the aesthetics of synthetically produced (or manipulated) sound. OHAM’s collection holds interviews with musicians and engineers who worked both to develop and incorporate electronic music technology into their own works. The effects of inventions such as OHAM interviewee Robert Moog’s “Moog Synthesizer” have reverberated across historically African American genres—from jazz to soul to hip-hop.

Ashley, Robert
Babbit, Milton
Behrman, David
Berio, Luciano
Buchla, Don
Cage, John
Chadabe, Joel
Curran, Alvin
Davidovsky, Mario
Deutsch, Herbert
Dodge, Charles

Ghent, Emmanuel
Gleeson, Patrick
Goldmark, Peter
Hiller, Lejaren
Kaczmarek, Konrad
Kaman, Charles
Kuivila, Ron
Lansky, Paul
Lewis, George
Lockwood, Annea
​Luening, Otto

Mathews, Max
Moog, Robert
Moore, Richard F.
Riley, Terry
Rosenboom, David
Strange, Allen
Subotnick, Morton
Teitelbaum, Richard
Ussachevsky, Vladimir
Z, Pamela

Last updated 1/13/2020