[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a celebration of the birth of electronic music, the record label and club night Nonclassical will be holding a festival in London this month, entitled Pioneers of Electronic Music. The festival will take place from 6-17 March, and through a mix of film screenings, live music, DJs and workshops, it will draw the attention of attendees to the inception of electronic music, and the effect that it has had on popular culture.
The founder of Nonclassical, Gabriel Prokofiev, explains:
“It’s amazing that despite the ubiquity of electronic music we know so little about its origins. People like Raymond Scott and FC Judd should be household names given how important they were, so it’s going to be really exciting to see their work profiled and to draw those connections.”
The festival will open on the evening of Wednesday 6th of March with the Nonclassical club night at the Macbeth on Hoxton Street. Apart from resident DJs Richard Lannoy and Nwando, the evening will feature acts making use of new tools for ‘audiovisual performance and interaction, designed to create new sounds and images to reflect their specific character and approach’. The night starts at 8 pm, and tickets are only a fiver.
Other highlights of the festival will be a workshop in which participants learn to build their own synthesiser, and several documentary screenings including What the Future Sounded Like, which focuses on the work of Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary, and David Cockerell at the Electronic Music Studio during the 1960s and 1970s.
However, the most exciting event for any film fans in attendance will be a double-feature at the Rio Cinema in Dalston titled Electronic Music on Screen. The two films shown will be ‘1950s classics whose use of forward thinking electronic music opened up new worlds of sound’: classic sci-fi horror films The Day the Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet. The films will be preceded by introductory talks and discussions. The screening will begin at 1pm on Sunday 10th of March, and is a great opportunity to catch these classics on the big screen.
For more information on the festival and to view the full programme, take a look at www.nonclassical.co.uk