Strange Sounds from Autoharps to Zithers

June 8, 2006

Readers will gain a deeper perspective on the history of pop music—from primitive drum machines and pre-synthesizer electronic music to experiments in tape manipulation and effects—and find out how instruments like the Ondes Martenot, designed for modern classical music, are now championed by bands like Radiohead. As an invaluable bonus, the accompanying CD contains recordings of many of the instruments discussed in the book, and even includes a theme tune performed by the Strange Sounds Orchestra.

Mark Brend is a writer and musician based in London. Author of Rock and Roll Doctor and American Troubadours, he is a regular contributor to Record Collector and has written for Mojo, Uncut, and other publications.

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