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Nick Ashton-Hart

If the book is missing Human League and Heaven 17 it is missing a great deal.


For a moment, I thought you were reviewing the fabled update to the flas-based online "guide to electronic music" by Ishtar that we've all been craving a new version of. It graphically shows the history and has clickable links to play audio examples of each genre and artist. Snarky commentary is a bonus.

Peter Kirn

Of course; any book of this length trying to grapple with a span of music this large will miss a great deal. I simply pick up the narrative a bit later than Human League. They're readings in the history, not an attempt to be encyclopedic. A book on New Wave looking back to early Keyboard could even be its own title.

Clyde Smith

It looks interesting.

But, personally, I'm most interested in two things:

music that draws me in aesthetically (because it fucking rocks) or conceptually (because it changes my thinking about what music can be).

While Nick Ashton-Hart is so obsessed with Human League and Heaven 17 that he's made the same comment here and on Peter Kirn's blog, I'm more interested historically in how this stuff fits into a history that some of the artists themselves reference even if Ashton-Hart and Ishtar don't.

But I'm glad to know about Ishtar even if the design of the site or app or whatever it would be is incredibly annoying and even though he says it all began with MIDI's creation in 1982.

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