Electronic artist and professor of music at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Daniel Warner explores the history of electronic music in his new book ‘Live Wires’ through five key technologies. The tape recorder, circuit, computer, microphone, and turntable. It’s hugely readable, with each chapter breaking down into bite-sized tales. The first chapter, ‘Tape Recorder’, tackles musique concrète, Schaeffer, Henry, Ferrari, San Francisco Tape Music Center, tape delay, tape loops, Miles Davis, The Beatles… you get the idea. There’s a very nice recommended listening section in the appendix too. If we dare mention Christmas, this book would make a perfect stocking filler for Electronica fans… oh, right. Yes, that’s you. Self-gift?