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Live Electronic Music By Bertolani, Valentina; Sallis, Friedemann

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM577-1
Published: 09/05/2016
Retrieved: 23 July 2024, from


Defining live electronic music is a problematic and increasingly difficult critical task (Emmerson, 2007, 89–90; see also Collins, 2007, 38–54; Radford, 2008, 158–166). Attempts at pinning down the term are marked by the “plurality and hazy definitions” generally encountered in the analysis of electronic music (Peters, 2012, 3). The term and the musical concepts that it entails are moving targets: new developments in technology and organology continue to redefine the genre. For the purposes of this article, live electronic music is performance in which the electronic element influences or is influenced by the performers in some interactive way. This definition is informed by the notion that live electronic music can best be understood as a performance strategy rather than a compositional technique.

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Sallis, Friedemann and Valentina Bertolani. Live Electronic Music. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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