1 November 2012
In the late 1950s, some Dutch musicians -- including Kid Baltan and Tom Dissevelt -- were engaged in a project that was in a way the beginning of "electronic music" (with partial government funding and funding from the American corporation Phillips, using what is known as the Phillips "Nat Lab" -- a bunch of industrial looking buildings in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
("Nat Lab" is short for the Dutch Natuurkundig Laboratorium)
These pioneers in electronic music created various sounds to construct melodious tunes, often "sampling" natural sounds, and spending hours or days splicing tapes to achieve just a few minutes.
Here's a 1959 video of Kid Baltan and Tom Dissevelt demonstrating and explaining (in Dutch) their process (I pasted in a partial translation below the video):
I wouldn't be surprised; their increasing interest in the scene of avant-garde, electronic music and musique concrete probably brought them across the work of these guys. I know at some point in '66 or '67 Paul attended a lecture by Karlheinz Stockhausen, who was devoted largely to experiments of a similar ilk.
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