In These Hopeful Machines
traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music – and meets some of the people who made it happen. In six content-rich episodes he looks at over 100 years of recording techniques, electronic instruments and gizmos, and their use in popular music, art music and their position in Western culture." [more inside]
posted by coleboptera
on Aug 10, 2014 -
The Tone Generation
is a radio series by Ian Helliwell 'looking at different themes or composers in the era of analogue tape and early synthesizer technology'. The original globe-trotting series: Great Britain
, Eastern Europe
, Rest of World
. Bonus programmes: Expo 58
, The RCA Synthesizer
. All links are to MP3 files, except the first one. Alternatively, you can slurp down the lot in one go by subscribing to the podcast feed
posted by jack_mo
on Nov 21, 2008 -
Making your own transistor is probably beyond the abilities of a dedicated hobbyist. However, making simple triode vacuum tubes is practical. Many hobbyists have done so over the years. In this video,
French ham-radio operator Claude Paillard shows you how.
HIs model is the WWI-era type TM of 1915. (and btw, 2007 was the 100th anniversary of electronics, since de Forest made his first vacuum tube in 1907.)
posted by metasonix
on Jan 4, 2008 -
is a often overlooked genre of dance music that is very influential for many genres of dance music that came around it and after it, including Hip-Hop, Dance, Disco, Electric Boogie, Freestyle, Techno and Drum and Bass.
One of the most prominent Electro-Funk DJs was Greg Wilson
, who has set up electrofunkroots.co.uk
to document the history
of Electro-Funk. Wilson interviews Quentin Leo Cook
, (a.k.a. Norman Cook
, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim
) on Cook's impressions of Electro-Funk and how it has influenced him as a music producer and DJ.
Wilson has also provided a personal history
and retrospective mix
of top Electro-Funk songs to A Guy Called Gerald
posted by gen
on Nov 29, 2005 -
By a weird coincidence, after reading this interview
in New Scientist with three of the engineers who made electronic music possible, I walked by a poster for a documentary film
about Bob Moog. One of my earliest memories of electronic music in the 1970s was an elementary school music teacher who was really into Wendy Carlos'
and Isao Tomita's
early arrangements of classical works for synthesizer. Of course, electronic music history goes back to the 1920s with the theremin
developed as a classical instrument. It has its own web portal
filled with lots of good stuff. And now for something slightly different, Conlon Nancarrow
wrote piano compositions that could not be performed by human hands, demanding the use of a player piano.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Apr 4, 2005 -