Talk:Reed Ghazala

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Thanks for adding to this article on this fascinating guy. I just want to comment on something. It was stated in the article that "Ghazala is credited with starting the planet's first electronic art movement." I have an extremely hard time buying this, and I am removing it because I know of electronic musicians and artists who were composing probably long before Ghazala was born (I still haven't been able to find an actual birth date for him). Varèse and Xenakis come to mind. Also... if anyone wants to add a discography, be my guest. You can find it here. JesusjonezTalk 22:15, 9 February 2006 (UTC)


Mr. Ghazala and/or his proponents seem to be saying that his work in re-wiring mass-produced electronic devices for alternate sound purposes is the first in the genre. Mass-production of small electronic devices with circuit boards didn't begin until the 1960's, so this would match Ghazala's timeline. And it makes sense not to compare him to early electronic music composers who were privy to rooms full of oscillators and synthesizers (Varese, Stockhausen). But there were sound artists in the 1950's and 1960's doing comparable work to Ghazala. In the early 1960's David Tudor was playing around with small mass-produced circuits to create noise sounds for a music that is far more experimental than Ghazala's. And Louis Barron used cheap circuits to create the noises for the soundtrack to "The Forbidden Planet" in the 1950's. Is Ghazala really the "father" of the form? Certainly he is one of the largest proponents, but I'm not sure this "father" claim should be listed in an encyclopedia entry -- that seems more fitting for advertising. —Preceding unsigned comment added by HelenDanforth (talkcontribs) 00:06, 7 November 2008 (UTC)