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College Music Journal APRIL 10, 2000 - by M. Tye Comer
VARIOUS ARTISTS: OHM - THE EARLY GURUS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1948-1980
In the 1950s, decades before journalists and producers began defining electronic music with constricting terminology such as "ambient", "techno" and "electronica", groundbreaking audio experimentalists such as John Cage, Otto Leuning and Karlheinz Stockhausen (to mention a mere few) were radically rethinking the use of electronic sounds. Today, next to the more structured, musical-based productions of the late-twentieth century artists, these compositional endeavours might sound rudimentary. Yet, their impact is nothing short of revolutionary. These composers' experiments with early electronic "instruments" built a foundation that inspired generations of enterprising musicians. The sample-based minimalist compositions of Steve Reich, the radical electronic pop of Can's Holger Czukay and the luxurious ambient works of Brian Eno all grew out of these seminal pieces. The three-disc OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music, presents pivotal works from the most important forefathers of electronic music. And even though the collection falls short of being comprehensive, it remains exhaustingly educational to new students of technologically produced music. An essential collection, to say the least.