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  1. To call this the first instance of live electronic music is not correct. To even call this the first example of electro-acoustic music is not correct. This is a very early example – and in fact one of the earliest – of using recorded sound with live performers. This is not live electronic music, but would be more clearly defined as electro-acoustic music, or orchestra with recorded sound, orchestra and tape (tape being a general term used for any pre-recorded playback). Live electronic music, by definition, requires the creation of electronic sound in real-time, or the use of live processors, looping pedals, recording/playback with or without manipulation, live coding, or some other use of live interaction between performer and electronics. In any modern performance where a performer plays with some kind of fixed playback it would never be referred to as a piece for instrument and live electronics. While this might seem nitpicky it is a very important distinction, especially for those not well-versed in the field of electronic and electro-acoustic music.

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