Music is music, right? But through the middle of the 20th Century, our evolving appetite for innovation took us on some pretty weird detours, especially in the world of classical music. Composers, performers and music departments suddenly went all experimental and seemed to abandon traditional ideas of melody and harmony. And audiences had to come to terms with performances that sounded more like they’d been hatched in science labs.
We’ve become far more used to technology being a crucial part of music, but in post-war 1950s, strange electronic noises were quite alarming.
So, what was it about that period that changed our sonic landscape?
This is a tale of powerful crescendos, fear of fascist passion, CIA intrigue … and a woman called Nadia.
Prof. Jeanice Brooks—Professor of music at the University of Southampton in England
David Conte—American composer and teacher
Peter Engelbert—American composer
Christian Henson—English composer and co-founder of Spitfire Audio
Paul Thomson—English composer and co-founder of Spitfire Audio
Sound Engineer—Carey Dell