1. Whitehouse - Live Action 39 Reseda 6-21-84 one of the coolest live electronic music perfomances ever. if kraftwerk would have performed like that they could have skipped the robot fake part and go straight to pop heaven.
2. Masonna @ Helluva Lounge, Kobe (May 2010) not really pure electronic, rather an effect distortion cabaret in a beautiful stage design. you don't know if any of the sounds are live and still it is such an outstanding performance.
3. Yannis Xenakis - Mycenae Alpha it's always hard to identify which actions exactly trigger which sounds in an electronic music performance. xenakis' upic system provides the most obvious and honest translation: you can see exactly what you hear. as live as it gets in granular synthesis.
4. Jacques Tati - PLAYTIME tati's playtime is one is of my most favourite movies ever. it's all choreographed around sound. this is a sequence in a hyper modern office building where the concierge is playing the most fantastic sequencer imaginable. replay, switch off the image and just listen to the sounds.
5. Tatu Tyni's tap dancing cards tatu tyni the godfather of skweee in one of his magic dance trigger performances.
6.Radioboy live @ Music Plane perfect performance with a noble purpose. herbert as radioboy replaces the 808 with flaky cornflakes packages. bonus: introduction by mtv veteran ray cokes.
7. Michel Waisvisz - Crackle Synthesizer michel waisvisz' crackle synthesizer, probably the most immediate and beautiful synthesizer ever built. unfortunately it's not michel who plays it in this video.
8. Michael Waisvisz - the Hands so here is a clip with michel waisvisz, inventor the crackle synth. michel was also the director of steim, amsterdam's legendary institute for electronic music research. he is using his other famous electronic instrument "the hands" in this clip.
9. Dick Raaijmakers - Intona (1992) as there is no category for live microphonic music we lump this into live electronic. dutch composer dick raaijmakers doing all the things you ever dreamed of doing to a microphone.
10. Dj Elephant Power - Scratch Tv- Part 2 to round up this little journey into the world of concrete musical abstraction here is a live scratch anthem by dj elephant power.
Some of the strangest sounds ever recorded were the product of magnetic tape manipulations. Unsung heroes like Delia Derbyshire, Tom Dissevelt and Luc Ferrari paved the way for music made of unusual sounds, timbres and structure and established the basics necessary for the onset of sampling years later.
Jean-Jacques Perrey (born 1929) is a French electronic music producer and was an early pioneer in the genre. He is best known within the sphere of popular music as a member of the influential electronic music duo Perrey and Kingsley, and for his unusually light-hearted style of music.
Clara Rockmore (March 9, 1911 – May 10, 1998) was a virtuoso performer of the theremin, an electronic musical instrument.
Born as Clara Reisenberg in (present-day) Vilnius, Lithuania, Rockmore was a child prodigy on the violin and entered the Imperial conservatory of Saint Petersburg at the age of five. She studied violin under the virtuoso Leopold Auer, and remains to this day the youngest student ever to be admitted to the institution. Unfortunately, bone problems due to childhood malnutrition forced her to abandon violin performance past her teen years. That however led her to discover the newborn electronic instrument and become the most renowned player of the theremin.
Rockmore had several gifts that enabled her to play the theremin so well. Her classical training gave her an advantage over the many theremin performers who lacked this background. She possessed absolute pitch, helpful in playing an instrument that generates tones of any pitch throughout its range, not just those those defined by equal temperament. She had extremely precise, rapid control of her movements, important in playing an instrument that depends on the performer's motion and proximity rather than touch. She also had the advantage of working directly with Léon Theremin from the early days of the instrument's commercial development in the United States.
Rockmore, as the mature musician she was, saw the limitations of the original instrument and helped to develop the instrument to fulfill her needs, making several suggestions to improve the theremin as a performing instrument. Such suggestions, like a faster volume antenna, wider musical range, and control over the instrument's tone color were incorporated by the inventor in later versions. She had a special theremin tailored by Léon Theremin himself to meet her unique requirements.
She developed a whole technique for playing the instrument, including a fingering system, which allowed her to perform accurately fast passages and large note leaps without the much known portamento on theremin.
Her older sister was the concert pianist Nadia Reisenberg. Although Theremin proposed to her, Rockmore married attorney Robert Rockmore, and thereafter used his name professionally.
She died in New York City on May 10, 1998, aged 87.