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Baltan sessions #4, Kees Tazelaar, expert on electronic music gives a lecture presentation about his forthcoming book On the Threshold of Beauty in which he explains the early history of electronic music in the Netherlands.
To finish the festive October opening-month, Baltan Laboratories presents 'On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands 1925–1965' by Kees Tazelaar.
If you think it all started with disco in the 1970s and house in the 1980s, you’re a few decades off the track. Tazelaar’s book, which will be published by V2_ later in 2013, shows how since 1925 pioneers at the Philips studio’s already were laying the foundations for what was to come.
Kees Tazelaar (The Hague, 27-7-1962) came in touch with the world of electronic music when in 1981 he followed a course at the Institute of Sonology at the University of Utrecht. In 1987 he continued his studies in The Hague at the Royal Conservatory: two more years in sonology, to be followed by four years in composition with Jan Boerman, with whom he graduated in 1993. In 2013, Kees Tazelaar filled the Edgard Varèse guest professorship at the Technical University of Berlin. Since June 2010 he is the head of the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In May 2013, Kees Tazelaar received a PhD from the Technical University for his dissertation On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands 1925–1965.