One of the biggest advances of the 20th century in music was the influence of electronics.
Electronic classical music sounds new and interesting to my ears. I like the traditional stuff too – but music should keep advancing, no? Contemporary classical music doesn’t necessarily have to be joined at the hip to acoustic musical instruments from 200 to 300 years ago.
Well, yes and no. Classical music composed for classical instruments should be played on those instruments. I know there will be the whole baroque v. modern instruments debate, but the point is that the character of the music doesn’t change. Pity that so much harpsichord and clavichord work is played on piano. And despite the success of W. Carlos’ Switched-On albums, it really is a dead end. There is only so much you can do with synthesis. If you had the full-time use of a true studio like Columbia’s and a completely modular synthesizer like the Moog System 55 http://isaotomita.net/images/technology/moog_55.jpg Nobody is going to get those results from a Casiotone or any other sample player (that is marketed as a synthesizer).
… so, Interesting, yes … gimmicky, yes … over-used, yes! Especially in the early-mid 70s.