Tributes To The History Of Computer Music

Now well known as a central figure in the Allies’ efforts to break the Nazi Enigma code, Alan Turing also played a notable role in the history of computer music…

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Turing was intensely interested in pushing the development of what computers could do, and researchers in New Zealand have recently restored some recordings made in 1951 on a giant computer created by Turing.

This article covers the project by members of the University of Canterbury to restore what they call the first ever recording of computer generated music. Turing’s computer was programmed to perform three tracks – God Save the King, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Glenn Miller’s swing classic, In the Mood.

It’s worth noting that Turing himself simply enabled to the computer to produce musical tones, and was not engaged enough with the musical side of things to actually string the notes together; however, when he heard the results of the programmed material later on, he remarked that it was a ‘good show’.

Play Time

In some other musical nostalgia news, Patient Corgi are relasing a five-disc fan tribute to the music of the Nintendo 64, which reached its 20 year anniversary this year. If you’re a fan of gaming music from this era, it’s worth checking out, and there are even listening parties organised for those true devotees. You can find out more information here

Happy Birthday PodBlog!

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Podcomplex Music Technology Blog – to continue with the nostalgic theme, here’s a link to the very first PodBlog post, referencing such cutting edge technology as MiniDisc, the Creative Zen Mp3 Player and even the Sony Ericsson K750i…!


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