Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause

Composers and synth players Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause were among the most high-profile electronic music acts of the late '60s, recording a series of LPs distinguished not only by their groundbreaking studio advances but also by the presence of notables including Gerry Mulligan and Mike Bloomfield. Krause -- a onetime member of the legendary folk group the Weavers -- was working as a staff producer at Elektra Records when he met Beaver, a former jazz musician; under the name Beaver & Krause, they began assembling electronic pieces employing spoken-word passages, acoustic instruments, tape loops and improvisational techniques, debuting in 1968 with The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music. After 1969's Ragnarok Electric Funk, the duo issued In a Wild Sanctuary a year later; 1971's Gandharva -- recorded live in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral and featuring cameos from Mulligan and Bloomfield as well as Bud Shank and Ronnie Montrose -- was the most popular of their releases. After 1972's All Good Men, Beaver recorded the solo LP Perchance to Dream; sadly, it was his final work -- he suffered a fatal heart attack on January 16, 1975 at the age of 49. Krause later resurfaced as a noted expert in environmental sound recording.

Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music
3.50 stars 2LP
Musik Comments:
This is an introduction to electronic music.
Not the music, but the technical aspects:

1. Peace Three
2. Sine Waveform: Composition
3. Sine Waveform: Harmonic Synthesis
4. Sine Waveform: Non-Harmonic Synthesis
5. Sawtooth Waveform: Composition
6. Rectangular Waveforms: Slow-Motion Audible Example (1/8-1/2)
7. Rectangular Waveforms: Composition (Using 1/8, 1/7, 1/3, 1/2)
8. Sequential Voltage Sources, Composition
9. Frequency Modulation: Keyboard Control: 12 Tone
10. Quarter-Tone (One Real Octave = 2 Keyboard Octaves)
11. Ditone (Four Real Octaves Played in Keyboard Range of One Octave)
12. Portamento: Ribbon Control
13. Periodic: Vibrato (S) (Speed Increases as Pitch Rises)
14. Periodic: Sine-Higher Frequency
15. Periodic: Sawtooth-Swept
16. Periodic: Rectangular 1/2 - Swept (L2)
17. Periodic: Triangular - Swept
18. Periodic Combined: 3 Square Waves at Different Frequencies
19. Periodic Combined: 3 Triangular Waves at Different Frequencies
20. Periodic Combined: 4 Different Waveforms (2L), (2N), (2V), (2S) At ...
21. Periodic: Tremolo
22. Periodic: Sine - Higher Frequencies (S Sweeping S)
23. Periodic: Sawtooth (Neg-Pos - Going Swept)
24. Periodic: Rectangular (L2) Swept
25. Periodic: Triangular - Swept
26. Periodics Combined: 4 Square
27. White Sound
28. Ring Modulation: Sine Waves: Series of Sub-Audible Constants
29. Sine Waves: Tune in Parallel
30. Sine Waves: Tuned in Opposite Direction
31. Sine Waves: Sawtooth
32. Sine Waves: Rectangular (L2)
33. White Sound - Tuned Filters: Broad
34. Low-Frequency Sawtooth - Tuning Through Harmonics
35. Composition - Tuning Through 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 16th Harmonics
36. Swept with Ribbon Controller
37. Periodic: Sine-Timbre Vibrato Effect
38. Periodic: Sine-Variable Rate and Depth
39. Periodic: Sawtooth (Descending and Ascending)
40. Periodic: Rectangular (L2)
41. Tape Delay: Multiple Repeat
42. Peace Three (Recap)