Ever thought you’d be downloading a film strip, as a QuickTime MPEG4, no less? Here’s a good excuse: the superb bending and DIY blog GetLoFi has posted a two-part history of electronic music film strip from 1971, authored by Nick Rossi. When they say “history,” they ain’t kiddin’: the strip starts 2600 years ago. As a GetLoFi reader observes, they miss out on Italian Futurist Russo, inventor and composer Raymond Scott, and others. Then again, it’s great to see a history of electronic music that’s itself a part of history.

Now, go watch — just be easy on GetLoFi’s bandwidth, okay?

The Birth of Electronic Music: Part I
The Birth of Electronic Music: Part II

If you’re wondering who Nick Rossi is, by the way, I know he’s a published musicologist with some other similar educational resources to his name, though I couldn’t locate a bio.

Sorry for the delays, gang, been a crazy week, but better late than never. And thanks, AA, keep them coming. -Ed.

  • Guest

    The Birth of Electronic Music: Part II link is broken :eek

  • admin

    Not sure why the link isn't working for you; the HTML is correct and it works for me. Do you mean my link or the link on GetLoFi? (maybe bandwidth issues on that end?)


  • Guest

    I really enjoyed the first part. I sent the link to Henry Jacobs who may be featured in Part II which I'm just downloading. He was instrumental in a lot of developments here in the San Francisco area like Vortex, a multi-media show at the Planetarium where works of Jordan Belson and Luciano Berio (spelling?) were featured.

  • Guest

    The link may appear to be broken because the movie is in MPEG4. I tried doing that to discourage streaming from the site. Just download locally and enjoy. –GetLoFi owner.

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