An expansive and illuminating account of the development of electronic music in the UK, told with passionate enthusiasm by Matthew Collin, the critically-acclaimed author of Altered State and Rave On.
Dream Machines tracks the music’s evolution from early avant-garde experiments after World War Two through psychedelia, art-rock and synth-pop to electronic dance music, sampling and the techno era. As well as profiling the sonic futurists who pioneered new styles, it documents the scenes and underground movements that built Britain’s thrillingly diverse electronic music culture in its formative decades.
Based on interviews with key players and a wealth of in-depth research, Dream Machines explores genres as diverse as space rock, electro-pop, ambient, dub, industrial music, prog, electro, hip-hop, hi-NRG and house, highlighting how developments in British electronic music were shaped by changes in society as well as technological advances.
'Matthew’s obvious love for music, insight and meticulous research reflects the passion and fervour of those involved with the evolution of electronic music. A must-read for anyone interested in the influence and benefits of technology on music.' Cosey Fanni Tutti
'A paean to all the originators and early adopters of electronic music … An incredibly rich and forensically researched history, exquisitely detailed and voiced by the many characters who comprise it.' Stephen Mallinder
'A perceptive and highly entertaining breakdown of the crucial development of some of the most innovative music of my dreams. I couldn’t put it down!' Martyn Ware
Publication Date: 11.04.23
Extent: 416 pages
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