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Cary started the first electronic music studio in Britain but, while
France, Germany, Italy and the USA had lavishly funded research centres,
British electronic music remained the preserve of boffins on a budget.
the programme reveals, this make do and mend approach prevailed long
after austerity Britain had given way to the swinging 60s, with Peter
Zinovieff developing EMS synthesizers from a shed at the bottom of his
garden in Putney. (Paul McCartney put on his wellies and took a look).
Zinovieff is interviewed about his experiments in sound.
the electronic community in Britain was a small, intimate group and
joining Cary and Zinovieff was Daphne Oram, who devoted decades to
developing a 'drawn sound' electronic composition system that never
really quite worked.
Brian Hodgson tells us
about 1960s experimental and electronic festivals, including The Million
Volt Light and Sound Rave (1967) at which The Beatles' electronic piece
Carnival Of Light had its only public airing. We shall also hear how
the radiophonic workshop broke new musical ground with Dr. Who.
in the history of electronic music, including author and musician Mark
Ayers and Goldsmiths College lecturer in computer studies Dr. Michael
Grierson give the boffins' view and Portishead's Adrian Utley explains
why the early forays in electronics are still relevant today.
Produced by John SugarA Sugar Production for BBC Radio 4.
Terry Riley, in C, Courtesy of @rostasi - Thanks!
@brighternow I'm enjoying this but I keep thinking of Enya!