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Here’s a podcast on the history of electronic music, suitably called A History Of Electronic Music. From Part 19, Chad Wilson will take this over, but it will still be published here and on the usual iTunes feed. Listen on iTunes, subscribe via RSS or listen and download below. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more.

PART 1 - This part covers the early electronic instruments, the Telharmonium, the Trautonium and the Ondes Martenot and features music from 1930 to 1947 by Paul Hindemith, Olivier Messiaen and others. Track Listing.

PART 2 - This part is all about the Theremin, it's early use in classical music and later in film music. Featured music includes Free Music #1 by Percy Grainger (one of the earliest examples of purely electronic music), and music from the films Spellbound (Miklos Rozsa) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (Bernard Herrmann). Spans the years 1929 to 1957. Track Listing.

PART 3 - This part covers two early Hammond instruments, the famous organ and the less well known synthesizer, the Novachord. Features music from 1940 to 1969 by Ethel Smith, Jimmy Smith (no relation) and the TV series The Twilight Zone. Track Listing.

PART 4 - Musique Concrete, Tape Music and the early electronic avant-garde are discussed and explored. With music from Pierre Henry, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Track Listing.

PART 5 - Tape music and electronics in performance, early computer music and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Music by Terry Riley, Jean-Claude Risset, Delia Derbyshire and many more.

PART 6 - The rise of the synth. EMS, Buchla and of course Moog are looked into along with the way the once hated sound of the synthesiser gained popularity. Music by Wendy Carlos, Gershon Kingsley's First Moog Quartet, Yes and more.

PART 7 - Krautrock Part 1. A brief look at the electro-rock coming out of Germany in late 60's and early 70's, then a more detailed look at the career and music of Tangerine Dream.

PART 8 - Krautrock Part 2. An exploration of the “Dusseldorf School” and lots of music by it's main proponent Kraftwerk.

PART 9 - Ambient, from it's roots in minimalism and Indian classical music through to it's full expression in the ideas and music of Brian Eno. Featuring music by LaMonte Young, Cluster and of course, Brian Eno.

PART 10 a) and b) - An in-depth look and juxtaposition of two major electronic artists, Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis. From their early works in the 60's, through their classic works in the 70's and 80's, to their current output.

PART 11 - Brian Eno's Non-Ambient Works. Brian's Art / Progressive Rock works and the influence they had on the rock sound of the 70's. Plus a look at his 90's and 00's vocal works.

PART 12 - The Yellow Magic Orchestra. The works of the Japanese Techno-pop pioneers are explored in detail and there's lots of information about one of their key pieces of equipment, the Roland MC-8 Microcomposer.

PART 13 - Giorgio Moroder and Disco. The works of the inventor of Euro-Disco are looked at and listened to, along with other electronic disco tracks and Moroder's film work.

PART 14 a) and b) - Filling in the gaps from the Seventies and before, including Klaus Schulze, Manuel Göttsching, Pink Floyd, Goblin, John Carpenter and Jean-Jacques Perrey.

PART 15 - A look at the birth of Synthpop in the UK in the late 70's / early 80's. Lots of classic tunes from The Human League, Ultravox, Visage and OMD.

PART 16 - The story of Depeche Mode from teenage synthpop stars to the world's only Stadium electronic band.

PART 17 - Industrial. How the music that developed in the remnants of industrial Britain in the mid 70's became a harder dance sound by the mid 80's. Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, Test Dept and many more. Track Listing.

PART 18 - Sampling. From the birth of Hip Hop to the development of digital sampling in the late 70's / early 80's. Music from Grandmaster Flash, Malcolm McLaren, The Art Of Noise and many more. Track Listing.

PAUSE NOTICE - Sorry, but I have to stop doing this for a while.

RESTART APPEAL - Chad Wilson can take over for now, but I still need money for the Podcast License. Please donate to sheekl@hotmail.com and keep an eye on the Facebook page for a running total and status updates.

PART 19 - Electrofunk Part 1. How disco went funky and, with the help of Afrika Bambaata and a particular drum machine, the original electro was born. More Bambaata plus great music from D-Train, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cybotron and others.