“Electronic Music: A Listener’s Guide”, Elliott Schwartz (1975)

This is a really good read. Schwartz is himself a long-time composer (last I heard, he celebrated his 70th birthday in 2006) and has thought deeply about the similarities and differences of tape, computer and electronic music in the perspective of other new musical movements through history.

One mystery though: my original copy of this was a hardbound edition dated 1973. I just picked up a trade paper edition, dated 1975 and marked “Revised edition” but so far I haven’t figured out how the two books are different (if they are). I haven’t yet sat down and compared them page by page, but so far they appear identical.

Has any other obsessive looked at these two editions and tried to figure out how they’re different?


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