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Boomkat Product Review:
**8-panel digicase containing 3 discs, 35 tracks ranging from Edgar Varèse to Milton Babbitt and Sun Ra, with in-depth booklet of notes** Absolutely sterling, amazingly priced primer on the history of 20th century avant-garde and electronics, compiled and presented by notorious rock 'n roll, punk and electronic music scribe, Kris Needs. While there have been notable collections of early electronic and experimental music doing the rounds - Sub Rosa's crucial Anthologies spring to mind - we can think of few as comprehensive, and particularly curated as 'Giant Steps & Flashpoints In 20th-Century Experimental & Electronic Sound'. Taking the position of a very curious outsider, Needs picks those milestone pieces that capture the often exhilarating and pioneering spirit of New Music makers who sought to create new sonic languages and reset the music for the future in the wake of the early 20th world war atrocities, often by groundbreaking techniques making highly innovative use of new technology and philosophies. We can safely say that if you've been interested in early electronic music, but always found this massive, ancient yet hugely important world just a bit daunting and never known where to start: you seriously need this collection in your life, pronto.