Halim El-Dabh, electronic music pioneer


12 Responses to “Halim El-Dabh, electronic music pioneer”

  1. wheezer says:

    I believe that Luigi Russolo predates this dude by several decades. From the Wik:

    Luigi Russolo (30 April 1883 – 4 February 1947) was an Italian Futurist painter and composer, and the author of the manifesto The Art of Noises (1913). He is often regarded as one of the first noise music experimental composers with his performances of “noise concerts” in 1913-14 and then again after World War I, notably in Paris in 1921. He is also one of the first theorists of electronic music.

  2. lorq says:

    Puts me in mind of the overtone singing of David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir.

  3. drew froning says:

    I live in Kent.  We’ve been lucky enough to see Halim El-Dabh play at the university, at events in the city, and even at our weekly farmers market!

  4. Here’s another electronic pioneer from Ottawa Canada, who had a working synthesizer by 1945.

  5. eyebeam says:

     Halim El-Dabh is a great fellow, a sharp wit and a kind soul, and a fantastic musician of all sorts of instruments. Good to see him get some Boingboing love!

  6. nightafternight says:

    wheezer, the significant distinction here is that Halim El-Dabh
    pioneered musique concrète, the use of sounds recorded on magnetic tape
    as a musical resource, which is not the same thing as what Luigi Russolo
    did with his intonarumori (noise machines). That’s not to take anything
    away from Russolo, merely arguing that what the post claims of El-Dabh
    appears to be accurate. Wikipedia includes the same claim in its page on
    electronic music.

  7. Ben Hubbird says:

    You can score a bunch of El-Dabh’s CDs direct from the artist through CD Baby:


  8. lewis_stoole says:


  9. soundslike says:

    While this guy is unarguably cool, like Schaeffer he is not the first
    person to make Musique
    Concrete, and I’m not talking Russolo either. Jack Ellitt, an Australian
    composer working in the UK was working on what he called ‘Sound
    Constructions’ in the 30s using optical sound-on-film technology and
    possibly even more awesomely synthesizing sounds by drawing on the

    And there was probably someone even earlier…

  10. extremely beautiful which transcend concerns with dates. For the Nobel judges when different people come up with the same thing separately they give the rewards to both

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