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History of Technology of Music

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

Please note: This website is now being redesigned ... This website was first placed on the Net on 3 November 2003

Ha! Music may well soothe the savage beast, but what can it then do for the soothed beast? And for any of his soothed friends?


HoTM - another website book from Dan Byrnes - You are now on the index page at: HoTM - History of Technology of Music
Music Bibliography - General/Historical Bibliography on Music
Music Reviews - see: Music Reviews . A new file by December 23015, for music reviews by various authors including Dan Byrnes
Music Bibliography - Guides and handbooks, etc Guides etc.
Introduction: Instruments in general - work in progress
Vale Michael Gudinsky, indeed, the unexpected end of an era. Film Music - see: Table on film music with simple listings
Guitar electric - see: Inventing the electric guitar
Legacy: John Lennon and the Peace Movement - see Lennon Legacy
The Powers of Music: - see Modern research questions
Specially for emailer questions Feedback file
Jokes about music Musical humour
Timeframe file For Years of "the Noughties" from 2000 to 2010
Timeframe file The 1990s to the Present
Timeframe file The 1980s
Timeframe file The 1970s
Timeframe file The 1960s
Timeframe file The 1950s
Timeframe file The 1940s
Timeframe file The 1930s
Timeframe file The 1920s
Timeframe file The 1910s
Timeframe file The 1900s
Timeframe file The 1890s
Timeframe file The Nineteenth Century to 1890s
Timeframe file The Eighteenth Century
Timeframe file The Seventeenth Century
Timeframe file The Sixteenth Century
Timeframe file The Fifteenth Century
Timeframe file The Fourteenth Century
Timeframe file The Thirteenth Century
Glossary of Terms Musical and Technical Terms
New file - Books Books Books Music/Film Booklist

Here you will find a friendly, feasty and feisty treatment of musical history drawn from the world's records... A slow-growing website, perhaps, but destined to become large, with an emphasis on music in Australia.

Recent good discovery:
UK Music - latest in Rock and Pop
The UK Music website is dedicated to the UK music scene. is updated daily with the UK Music Top Ten and from UK music charts. They have music news, features, interviews and reviews from and of ALL the fave UK artists.
All scenes covered: rock, indie, grime, pop, hip hop, R&B, dance, soul, jazz, UK charts, video, audio streams, forums, events listings, games, gigs, and competitions.
(If you have a quality website on related matters, drop them an e-mail about a cross-link.)

The Main Purpose...

The main purpose of this website is to deliver news and views on the history(s) of humanity's use of music to the present... a big ask!

HoTM! The website for music demons by Dan Byrnes and Ed Matzenik.
Ed Matzenik fooling with cameras
Ed Matzenik
Music is one of the great joys of life - one of the reasons this website originates. But why does this website originate in Australia? It is partly because Australia is a country of recent historical origin, 1788++, meaning, as decades pass by, Australia as a nation of migrants becomes a collection point for the latest technology of all kinds from the Western World.
Therefore, we have become a collection point for the latest in music technology. Related, is our habit of inviting famous world acts to our cities for performances. Voila! Australia is interested in music, new artists, new instruments, and new music technology! HoTM! will be fascinated to trace all such developments.

Topics to be treated on this website in future will include:

* Timelines on innovations in instruments * music technology *  enjoying recorded music *  performance of  live music * the early music recording scene (internationally) * from gramophones to the first radios * film music * technology for film music *  the arrival of tape recording * the arrival of  stereo (and later, surround sound) * to the first computer-generated music, * to  MIDI, then CDs, WAVs, MP3s and other digital formats * today's DVDs and also portable MP3 players like iPod and countless others... * issues in music industries around the world * pages on individual and exotic instruments *

Also to be considered...

Also being considered are: musical instrument technology, general social and cultural history associated with music...

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bluepin1.gif - 947 BytesCREDITS: HoTM - History of Technology of Music website is based on an original idea from bass guitarist Ed Matzenik, who once played with the famous Australian surf band, The Atlantics  Ed  (see his picture above) in recent years played bass with best-awarded pub band, Johnny Green's Blues Cowboys, who regularly toured NSW and Queensland, sometimes in Victoria. (Another of their guitarists is a professional fisherman!) This band's line-up included the legendary lead guitarist, Peter ("Flash") Sheedy, originally from the Tamworth area. Ed and Flash till recently still played together in a band, The Instro-Matics.)
Some graphics appear here courtesy of their creators, Dan Byrnes, Joel Byrnes, Lou Farina.
Something is also owed here to conversations over time with Tamworth-based fiddler/guitarist, and Chameleon Musician, Andrew Clermont. (Pictured right, and quite a man!) Andrew is sponsored as he travels by Epoch violins, Gilchrist mandolins, Maton Guitars and White Swallow Banjos.

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