Visual and musical artists in the 1950s and 1960s anticipated the development of digital art. I went to high school in Manhattan, so I dropped into the Museum of Modern Art and a few galleries now and then in the late 1960s and saw and heard a lot of the stuff people were doing and trying to do. Years later, at various SigGraphs in the 1990s I'd see and hear various exhibits and feel a profound sense of deja vu. That tonality was done before, maybe faked with analog, but it was done. That visual look was explored. It was kind of eerie.
I was at Experience Music in Seattle and saw a great exhibit of early electric guitars. Replace the vacuum tubes with transistors and you have the Commodore PET sound generator. Later, the circuits got more sophisticated, but the idea of the sound was there.
There was a similar effect in the visual arts with various explorations of theme and variation, visible structure and synthetic sight being explored in the decades of radar, commercial arts and xerox machines. Think of it as the spirit of the times.