Electronic Music History - Birthplace Chicago

In partnership with Google Arts & Culture, the ISM was invited to develop a series of online music history articles for the ‘Music, Makers and Machines - a brief history of electronic music’ exhibition. The exhibition was launched earlier this year alongside contributing organisations such as the Moogseum, Barbican, Akademie der Künste, Musikinstrumenten Museum, Amsterdam Dance Event, ZKM, WDR and INA - to name just a small selection of amazing institutions. 

The ISM is proud to present a selection of exhibitions that focus on cities across the world that played an important role in what electronic music, and in this case dance music, is today. Starting with Chicago! 

From house to footwork, Chicago played a significant role in the development of electronic music over the years and is regarded as the birthplace of house music. Below you can dive into our exhibition for the Google Arts & Culture ‘Music, Makers and Machines’ series on the history and role of Chicago as an epicentre for music. 

If you are curious to dive into more of the ISM articles now, you can visit https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/institute-for-sound-and-music. We will be posting a new article each month. 

Huge thanks goes to Thomas Venker for this excellent piece!


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