By Evan Serpick
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:53 AM EDT
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The Ambient Century

B-
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  • Book
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Music journalist Prendergast dissects music’s electro-evolution in a 498-page opus that covers everything from Erik Satie’s minimalism to the Chemical Brothers’ rock-techno and Goldie’s trip-hop. Erring on the side of inclusion, Prendergast ventures down side streets as varied as the Beatles’ recording techniques and pioneer Wendy (formerly Walter) Carlos’ sex-change operation. Music wonks will forgive the structural mélange but no doubt pick nits of fact and opinion (is German outfit NEU! really ”one of the most overrated bands in the history of rock”?). More casual readers, though, may opt out when the author pauses to explore the nuances of the AKAI S900 sampler. B-

The Ambient Century

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Mark Prendergast

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