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Matthew Collin: Dream Machines: Electronic Music in Britain from Doctor Who to Acid House

April 17 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us on Wednesday 17th April when we celebrate the launch of an expansive and illuminating account of the development of electronic music in the UK, told with passionate enthusiasm by a critically-acclaimed writer!

The “perceptive and highly entertaining” (Martyn Ware) Dream Machines tracks the music’s evolution from early avant-garde experiments after World War Two through psychedelia, art-rock and synth-pop to electronic dance music, sampling and the techno era. As well as profiling the sonic futurists who pioneered new styles, it documents the scenes and underground movements that built Britain’s thrillingly diverse electronic music culture in its formative decades.

Based on interviews with key players and a wealth of in-depth research, Dream Machines explores genres as diverse as space rock, electro-pop, ambient, dub, industrial music, prog, electro, hip-hop, hi-NRG and house, highlighting how developments in British electronic music were shaped by changes in society as well as technological advances. According to Cosey Fanni Tutti, it’s a “must-read for anyone interested in the influence and benefits of technology on music”!

Matthew will be in conversation with Neil Mason, ex-editor of Electronic Sound Magazine, and creator of the new Moonbuilding zine.

Matthew Collin has been writing about electronic dance music culture for over three decades. His critically-acclaimed books include Altered State and Rave On. He has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Wire & Mojo.

Matthew Collin: Dream Machines: Electronic Music in Britain from Doctor Who to Acid House
Wednesday 17th April 2024

The Book Hive, Norwich
FREE (suggested donation of £2 to cover wine, etc)
Doors 6:30pm for a (prompt) 7:00pm start
Limited places — book your spot now to avoid disappointment!


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April 17
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Book Hive
01603 219268


The Book Hive (Norwich)
53 London Street
Norwich, NR2 1HL United Kingdom
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