Preface to Electronic Music Pioneers
by Maireid Sullivan
Music has the means to offer a major contribution to the shifting paradigm of our new era and global communication technology is the leading facilitator. High technology has been necessary to the growth and expansion of intelligence. That's because communication multiplies the effect of cultural movements. Biological evolution alone could not have given us the capacity for communication that we have available to us today.
A visionary world-view is the mechanism that makes dream real. The scientific concept of a new "paradigm" has come into everyday use to help define a new world-view that expands understanding of human potential.
This new sensibility is reflected in the way we live, our circle of friends and the work we choose to do.
Contemporary trends in music have always been a direct reflection of this growth. Musicians are sounding out the harmonics of a full life through the use of adventurous new technologies available to them.
New music technology makes it possible, as never before, to capture a sense of "the music of the spheres": Music is a kind of truth our bodies know, expressing rhythms and reflections of what we feel.
Imperfect as they are, the new concepts of music have helped to free up the restrictive forms of older musical styles. Artists can experiment within a broader frame of reference to convey new feelings and messages to meet the needs of people who have learned to blend old and new.
The arts have the power to touch the heart, cut through claustrophobic dogmas, abstract ideologies and social stratas of age and class. Scientists are studying the effects of music on tachyonic and quantum consciousness as well as on the electromagnetic fields of our bodys subtle levels, while more and more artists are taking control of their creativity so that they may serve more effectively. New music technology offers that opportunity.