Paul Beaver

Composer

1926 – 1975

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Who was Paul Beaver?

Paul Beaver was a jazz musician and a pioneer in popular electronic music, using the Moog synthesizer.

Beaver was the electronic half of a 1965 experimental free-form album for Dunhill Records with studio drummer Hal Blaine called "Psychedelic Percussion". Beaver also played the Moog on "Star Collector", the final song on The Monkees' fourth album for Colgems Records, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones, Ltd; "Natural Harmony," "Goin' Back," and "Space Odyssey," on The Byrds' fifth album, "Notorious Byrd Brothers;" and was the Moog performer for The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds project for Elektra Records in 1966.

Later in 1966, Beaver joined with fellow synthesist Bernie Krause to form Beaver & Krause, one of the first groups to record pop-commercial electronic music, which later became known as electronica. Their double album The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music was a landmark work, introducing the public to the specific individual sounds that the Moog could make in great detail.

Beaver & Krause continued releasing electronic albums, first for Mercury Records' spin-off label, Limelight, with their album Ragnarok, then three albums for Warner Bros. Records, In a Wild Sanctuary, Gandharva, and All Good Men. Combining the Moog with acoustic instruments, these albums were effectively the beginning of the "New Age" musical movement.

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1926
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Jan 16, 1975

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on July 23, 2013

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