An Oral History of Ambient and Experimental Electronic Music in Philadelphia

Source: The Key.

By the mid 1970s in Philadelphia (as with major cities and small towns across the nation alike), a generation raised on the music of the 60s would tune in to bear first-hand witness to the rise and fall of psychedelia, the emergence of progressive rock and all of the daring, electronics-based permutations that followed.

In the four decades since ambient electronic music (and the related prog-rock sub-genre “Space Music”) began to blossom stateside and globally, the city of Philadelphia’s airwaves and music venues have been filled with forward-thinking musicians seeking to push the to the outer limits of sound. We spoke with a range of musicians, radio broadcasters, DJs, synthesists and organizers across generations to take an in-depth look into the history of Ambient music in Philadelphia.