Music is increasingly reflecting the world around us, combining the rhythms, activities, and experiences of everyday life through electronic technology. A new integration of music and life has emerged utilizing sonic materials such as sounds and words, that establish dynamic interactive processes with the public. This essay examines relevant histories in order to identify when and how this union originated. From Pierre Schaeffer to Paul Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), the author writes a history, chronologically mapping the numerous musical projects that help support and define this music and life concept.