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Comj.2012.36.issue 4.largecover

The Beginnings of Electronic Music in Japan, with a Focus on the NHK Studio: The 1950s and 1960s

Publisher

Computer Music Journal. 21.4 (1997): 11-22

Language

English

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Drawing on her background as a radio producer, Loubet provides, over the course of two articles , an overview of early electronic music in Japan. The narrative focuses on the context of NHK Studio (Nihon Hoso Kyoku, or Japan Broadcasting Corp.) and the influence of electronic music-making at German radio stations. Loubet’s research combines historical research and interviews with insiders. Her earlier narrative highlights NHK engineers and figures such as composers Mayuzumi Toshiro and Moroi Makoto. Since Loubet’s history focuses on the NHK electronic music studio (as she makes clear), it omits some of the more experimental sources of early electronic music by members of Jikken Kobo in the 1950s (which she mentions), Group Ongaku, and film soundtracks. Part 2 is included in Computer Music Journal. 22.1 (1998): 49-55 with the title, "The Beginnings of Electronic Music in Japan, with a Focus on the NHK Studio: The 1970s."