The Butterfly Effect: Post-WWII Music Part 1

Music, probably more so than any other art form, is driven by technology. Early 20th century composers like Ferruccio Busoni envisioned a time when music would be able to “follow the line of the rainbow” by not being tied to any rules or the specific instruments of his time. With the invention in 1906 of the triode aubion tube, music slowly, but very surely, began losing the “weights” and laws previously applied to it. But it wasn’t until the invention of magnetic tape recording that the dream of a truly “free” music began being met…

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