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Following the Current: A Brief History of Electronic Music

Date: Thursdays, January 21 - March 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 688 Sherbrooke St. W.
Cost: $215
Come with a Friend: $185
McGill Staff/Alumni: $172
McGill Students: $108 (PACE sessions can be featured on your MyInvolvement record)
Drop in for one session: $49

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This course will trace the chronological evolution of electronic music from its early pioneers to contemporary composers Cage, Stockhausen, Henry, and Varèse. Attention will be paid to the creative minds at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop of the 1950s, the electric rock explosion of the 1960s and the 1970s electronic excursions of ambient music, dub, disco, jazz and punk. In closing, we will explore the 1980s explosion of electronic sound and the creation of hip hop, electro, house and techno, paving the way for today’s musical permutations. Through the use of music, images and video, this class will encourage a sustained consideration of the ocean of sound that is electronic music.

• January 21: From Theremin to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1920s-1960s)

• January 28: The Moog (1960s-1970s)

• February 4: Electricity and rock 'n' roll (1950s-1970s)

• February 11: Ambient music and the soundscape (1960s-1980s)

• February 18: Disco vs. punk rock (1970s-1980s)

• February 25: Turntables, drum machines, and the ghetto: hip hop (1970s-1980s)

• March 3: Techno, house, and jungle: rave culture and the evolution of electronic music (1980s-1990s)

• March 10: Electronic music in the new millennium (2000...)


Lewis Braden has been involved in the Montreal electronic music scene since the early 90s. In addition to stints as a DJ, event producer and promoter, he was responsible for indie label Ninja Tune for more than a decade and eventually for his own audio-visual label C0C0S0L1DC1T1 through which he collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada. He has released three solo albums under the pseudonyms Identification and the Dorkestra and as a member of The Nanobot Auxiliary Ballet. Braden has DJed and performed live all over North America, Europe, and Australia. Most recently he has been involved with the Jazz Amnesty Sound System, a DJ collaboration with Andy Williams that focuses on different and unique ways to present jazz music.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing.

The following Cancellation Policy applies:
Up to 7 days prior to the start date: Full refund 
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted
If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start

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