The Tragedy of Electronic Music

David Stubbs’s new book, Future Sounds: The Story of Electronic Music From Stockhausen to Skrillex, depicts the electrification of music as a radical project—even a happily destructive one. The Italian Futurists, those haters of classicism and cheerleaders of fascism, invented one of the first noisemaking devices, with its creator Luigi Russolo writing he was “fed up” not only with Beethoven but with the quietude of nature itself. Brian Eno’s ambient works in the ’70s suggested...

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