Music Thing Modular Reading List

David Tudor: Teasing Chaos

You Nakai: Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music

Blank Forms: Organic Music Societies

Jennifer Lucy Allan The Foghorn's Lament

Robert Adlington: Sound Commitments Avant-Garde Music and the Sixties (pdf at

Dennis Desantis: Making Music 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers

Tristram Cary: Illustrated Compenioum of Musical Technology

Mark Cunningham: Good Vibrations: History of Record Production

RA Penfold: Practical Elecronic Music Projects

Norman Crowhurst: Electronic Musical Instruments

Greg Milner: Perfecting Sound Forever

Howard Massey: Behind the Glass

Jane Bussmann: Once in a Lifetime

David Lee Roth: Crazy from the Heat

Nick Collins: The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music

Branden W Joseph: Beyond the Dream Syndicate

David Keane: Tape Music Composition

Peter Forrest: The A-Z of Analogue Synthesisers

Trevor Pinch Frank Trocco: Analog Days

Cogan Clark: Temples of Sound - Inside the great recording studios

Chimurenga: Dr Satan’s Echo Chamber (March 2008)

LF Sevoinius: Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group

Steve Reich: Writings on Music

Douglas Hofstadter: Godel Escher Bach

Elliot Schwartz: Electronic Music, A Listener's Guide

George Anthiel: Bad Boy of Music

John Cage: Diary: How to improve the world (you will only make matters worse)

Francis Bebey: African Music, a people's art

Richard King: Original Rockers

David Byrne: How Music Works

Various: Fowre #1: Synthesizers

Julian Cope: Copendium

Peter Hook: The Hacienda

Goodiepal: El Camino Del Hardcore

Pierre Schaeffer: In Search of a Concrete Music

Douglas Kahn: Wireless Imagination. Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde

Paul DeMarinis: Buried in Noise

FC Judd: Electronics in Music

Daniel Spoerri: An Anecdoted Topography of Chance

Various: Sense Sound Sound Sense - Fluxus Music Scores & Records

Various: Black Mountain: An Interdisciplinary Experiment, 1933 –1957

Walter Sear: The New World of Electronic Music

Jacqueline Caux: Almost nothing with Luc Ferrari

David Stubbs: Fear of Music

David Grubbs: Records Ruin the Landscape

Wim Mertens: American Minimal Music

Giorgio Maffei: Records By Artists: 1958-1990

Christoph Cox: Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music

Jon Appleton: Development and Practice of Electronic Music

George Self: Make a New Sound

Tara Rogers: Pink Noises

Louis Niebur: Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Tony Hetherington: Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters With Music

Michael Nyman: Experimental Music

Tabita Hub: R is for Roland

John Tilbury: Cornelius Cardew: A LIfe Unfinished

Nicholas Collins: Handmade Electronic Music

Rob Young: The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music

Benjamin Piekut: Experimentalism Otherwise The New York Avant-Garde and Its Limits

Le Corbusier: The Modulor

Trevor Pinch: The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies

Ian Helliwell: Tape Leaders: A Compendium of Early British Electronic Music Composers

Alana Pagnutti: Reception: The Radio Works of Robert Raschenberg and John Cage

Joel Chadabe: Electric Sound: The past and promise of electronic music

Jeremy Grimshaw: Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young

Bernd Ulmann: Analog Computing

John Cage: Silence

Richard Orton: Electronic Music For Schools

Robert Cogan: New Images of Musical Sound

Alvin Lucier: Reflections

David Toop: Ocean of Sound

Sylvia Massy: Recording Unhinghed: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques

Curtis Roads: The Computer Music Tutorial

Arthur Lockwood: Diagrams

Douglas Self: Small Signal Audio Design

Chris Hewitt: Martin Hannett: His equipment and Strawberry Studios

Horowitz Hill: The Art of Electronics

Ross Duffin: How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony

Erik Davis: Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and its legacy

Rene-Pierre Bardet: 200 Drum Machine Patterns

Barbara London: Soundings: A Contemporary Score

David Bernstein: The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant Garde

Howard Massey: The Great British Recording Studios

Various: IPEM: 50 Years of electronic and electroacoustic music at the Ghent University

Wyndham Lewis: Blast 1

Tom Keynton: Homemade Musical Instruments

Larry Austin: Source: Music of the Avant Garde, 1966-1973

Pat Graham: Instrument

Thom Holmes: Electronic and Experimental Music

Dave Hunter: The Guitar Amp Handbook

Tom Hughes: Analog Man's Guide to Vintage Effects

Theresa Sauer: Notations 21

Cornelius Cardew: Treatise

Martin Iddon: John Cage and David Tudor: Correspondence on Interpretation and Performance

Alan Douglas: The Electronic Musical Instrument Manual: A guide to theory and design

Hartmut Bohnacker: Generative Design: Visualize, Program and Create with Processing

Balint Andras Varga: Conversations with Iannis Xenakis

Robert Barry: The Music of the Future

Kim Bjorn: Push Turn Move, Patch & Tweak

Stefan Szczelkun: Improvisation Rites:: from John Cage’s ‘Song Books’ to the Scratch Orchestra’s ‘Nature Study Notes’

David Keenan: England's Hidden Reverse

Schneidersbuero: Don't Buy Crap: 20 years of Loten

K. Robert Schwartz: Minimalists

Arie Altena: Travelling Time: Sonic Acts XIV

Heinz von Foerster: Music by Computers

Emmett Williams: An Anthology of Concrete Poetry

Patrick Feaster: Pictures of Sound: 1000 years of Educed Audio

Ralf Beil: A House Full of Music: Strategies in Music and Art

Charles Platt: Make: Electronics

Keith Richards: Life

Dave Tompkins: How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Robert Fink: Repeating Ourselves: American Minimal Music as Cultural Practice

Kenneth Silverman: Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage

John Higgs: KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money

Bob Stanley: Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop

Mark Ellen: Rock Stars Stole my Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music

David Stubbs: Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany

Alvin Lucier: Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music

Philip Glass: Words Without Music

Will Hermes: Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever

Sean Michaels: Us Conductors

Curtis Roads: Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic

Rudi Esch: Electri_City: The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music

Alvin Lucier: Eight Lectures on Experimental Music

Alvin Lucier: Chambers

John Cage: Notations

Various: Signal Culture Cookbook

Lejaren Hiller: Experimental Music: Composition with an Electronic Computer

Hal Chamberlin: Musical Applications of Microprocessors

John Cage: A Year From Monday: New Lectures and Writings

Julian Cope: Krautrocksampler

Allen Strange: Electronic Music: Systems Techniques and Controls

La Monte Young: An Anthology of Chance Operations

Terence Dwyer: Composing With Tape Recorders

Pauline Oliveros: Software for People: Collected writings 1963-80 (pdf)

Murray Schafer: Ear Cleaning: Notes for an experimental music course

Iannis Xenakis: Formalized Music

Rob Young: Electric Eden. Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music

Edward Strickland: American Composers: Dialogues on Contemporary Music

Curtis Roads: Foundations of Computer Music