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The music of the future has a past, and some if it is archived at the Library of Congress. Tonight’s Electronic Music Extravaganza, sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, will pull seminal synth music from the library’s vaults. No Depeche Mode, but this program of modular-synthesizer music from 1955 to 1970 will include recordings of music composed on the RCA Mark II, the favored synth of Milton Babbit and his Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center cohorts, as well as on machines designed by Robert Moog and Don Buchla. To add a contemporary bleep or two, there will also be three live performances: Northern Machine’s Pat Gillis will perform an “organized sound improvisation” for analog synth and backing tracks, The Picture Is Dead will play songs with projected images, and the Mikronytes’ Derek Morton will remix his audio installation “Water Without Liquid.” The program starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5856. (Mark Jenkins)