Iowa Music Showcase
About This Show
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The Iowa Music Showcase is just what the name says, a showcase for Iowa music.
But it is a showcase for ALL of Iowa’s music, regardless of style, genre, decade, popularity, or location.
For the purposes of this blog and occasional podcast, I am defining Iowa music as music made by a band or artist that was based in Iowa at the time of the recording.
Each week, the blog post will feature some source - like a website, playlist, app, or some such - where you can find and/or hear music from Iowa. If you know any sources, send me an email at email@example.com.
Every two to four weeks, the blog will include a podcast that you can download.
For information, questions, criticism, etc, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Most Recent Episode
Iowa Music Showcase - Episode 32: Iowa Electropop and Electronic Music
Although it hasn't been as well known as some other music scenes, Iowa has had a consistent electronic music scene for decades. University of Iowa has had an electronic music department since freakin' 1963! Which shouldn't be that surprising since one of the first computers was built at Iowa State University in 1942! - Take that, hick state stereotypes! -
"The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios were founded in 1963, when renowned physicist James Van Allen (known for the Van Allen radiation belt) supervised a thesis project by James Cessna to build the world's first digital synthesizer." - from the University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios website
This department, of course, dealt more with the more classical and experimental side of electronic music, which we will feature in a future podcast. In this podcast, we deal with the poppier and more accessible stuff.
But even back in the day, some Iowans were getting into new wave and synth pop and creating some of their own music. Along with some current electropop, we feature one of the first, if THEE first, electronic pop bands, Soldiers in a Field. And some new music from 80s Iowa electropop band, Gallery of Voices!
So get out your glowy sticks or whatever you raving kids do today, and enjoy!
Other IMSC articles and podcasts featuring electronic music:
Other IMSC articles and podcasts featuring electropop:
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Intro - "Red Tide Texture 0001" (excerpt) by Gallery of Voices
Song 1 - "Spaceship Launch" by Reidwell
Song 2 - "Safe with Me" by Trouble Lights
Song 3 - "Renaissance Man" by Soldiers in a Field
Song 4 - "Bowlingsmith" by Jack Lion
Song 5 - "These Days" by Maids
Song 6 - "Just Let Go" by Centaur Noir