We consider electronica a fairly contemporary style of music. The genre, which uses synthesized sounds produced by an electric current, became popular during the 1990s through bands such as The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and solo artists like Madonna and Dani Minogue. But in fact, electronic music has been around for a lot longer than that. Just think of the cosmic theme from Doctor Who, a series which began in the 1950s. One of the first electronic musical instruments was called the ondes Martenot, invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot.
Nonclassical, is an organisation that promotes (as you can probably guess) non-classical music to the young generation, who are interested in new developments in the music scene. They are holding an event celebrating electronic music, and between the 6th - 17th March Pioneers of Electronic Music will be running at venues throughout London. There will be music (surprise, surprise), films, and talks discussing topics such as the technological developments made to make synthesized music possible.
A programme of legendary compositions including Messiaen's Oraison (1937), performed on a ondes martenot and 5 mono synths, Stockhausen's Kontakte (1958) performed by Geroge Barton & Siwan Mair Rhys, and Varese's Poeme Electronique (1958) with the original film by Le Corbusier.
A series of documentaries exploring the work of great electronic musicians. Screenings will include Practical Electronica, which looks at the innovative tape-based work of FC Judd; The Same Trade as Mozart, which details the contributions from Stockhausen, Daphne Oram, and Tristram Cary; The Delian Mode about the iconic British sound pioneer, Delia Derbyshire.