On the threshold of beauty

Tazelaar Kees, Technische Universität Berlin, Stefan Weinzierl, Daniel Teruggi
2021
From the outset, Dutch electronic music has found itself in between the two principal European trends in this field, namely the French musique concrète introduced at the French Radio in 1948, and the German elektronische Musik which emerged from 1951 onwards at the Cologne broadcast station. Although electronic music had incidentally been made in Dutch radio studios since 1952, this was not yet in the context of a purpose-built studio as was the case in Germany and France. The first real Dutch
more » ... tudio for electronic music was created only in 1956, and then not by a broadcasting company but, remarkably enough, by the acoustics department of Philips Research Laboratories. Although electronic music played no more than a marginal role in the corporate history of Philips, the present research reveals, conversely, that Philips has been of great significance for the genesis of Dutch electronic music. The presentation of the research in this volume comprises three chapters. The first describes the development of diverse aspects of electroacoustics at Philips Research Laboratories from 1925 onwards, and the electronic music which thus arose. The second chapter addresses the production and performance of the electronic music for the Philips Pavilion in the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. The final chapter deals with initiatives from organizations and composers which led, parallel with and in succession to the electronic music from Philips, to permanent studios for electronic music and the educational programs connected with them.
doi:10.14279/depositonce-11380 fatcat:u2m2krjalnfpxa3sji5zj73ic4