Beaver & Krause | Artist

Beaver & Krause | Artist

Tags: Era_1960s, Genre_Ambient, Genre_Electronic, Origin_USA, Type_Artist

Beaver & Krause were an American experimental electronic musical duo comprising Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause formed 1967 in Los Angeles, California. The two met doing session work and decided to collaborate based on their mutual interest in the emerging field of electronic music, of which they were pioneers. They purchased one of the first synthesisers from Robert Moog and acted as Moog's sales representatives on the US West Coast. It was in this capacity that they introduced many rock musicians such as The Monkees, The Byrds, The Doors, George Harrison and George Martin to the Synthesiser as a musical instrument. Their 1967 album The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music was a pioneering work in the electronic music genre and a platform for demonstrating the capabilities of the Moog instrument. They released four further studio albums including the standouts In a Wild Sanctuary (1970), Gandharva (1971) and All Good Men (1972). The duo were also in demand as film and television soundtrack performers. Among the films featuring other composers' music played on the Moog by one or both of the pair were: The Graduate, In Cold Blood, Point Blank and Cool Hand Luke (all 1967); Rosemary's Baby, Candy and I Love You Alice B Toklas (1968); They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969); and Catch-22, Performance and Love Story (1970). The first major film to feature a score written by Beaver & Krause was The Final Programme in 1973. The duo ended with Paul Beaver's premature death in January 1975, at age 49. Bernie Krause carried on, releasing two solo albums: Citadels of Mystery (1979) and Gorillas in the Mix (1988). He also scored synthesizer music and effects for many films, including Francis Ford Coppola's epic 1979 war film Apocalypse Now. Bernie Krause has enjoyed a long career in music and as a "soundscape ecologist". Before his electronic work, Krause started out in music as a singer, joining the folk group The Weavers in 1963, occupying the tenor position originated by co-founder Pete Seeger, until they disbanded in early 1964.

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Featured Albums: Beaver & Krause

Related Artists: Paul Beaver, Bernie Krause

Video Clips: Grace Cathedral, Walkin' by the River, Sanctuary

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