Thom Holmes is your curator and guide to vintage electronic music recordings and audio experimentation. Drawing from his collection of vintage electronic music recordings spanning the years 1915-1985, each episode explores a topic or theme of historical interest. Holmes is the author of the book, Electronic and Experimental Music, sixth edition, 2020.
An Imaginary Movie in Sound
For this episode, I decided to pull together some interesting electronic tracks from different movie soundtracks that are not often heard. In a small way, this collection of soundtrack snippets spans the history of synthesizer from analog to digital.
Drum Machines: A Recorded History, Part 2, Digital Drum Machines
This is part 2 in my series on drum machines, this time focusing on digital sampling units and a few other odds and ends for which I have recordings in the Archives.
Drum Machines: A Recorded History, Part 1, Analog Drum Machines
Drum machines!! This episode will feature vintage recordings of analog drum machines—such as those made by Chamberlin, Wurlitzer, and Roland from the 1950s to the 1980s. I have dug through the archive to find vintage recordings, experimental tracks, and others that you probably have never heard that use analog drum machines.
The Sound of Sport—Tennis in the Wind
My summer break is now over and I‘m back from the US Open tennis tournament with a new podcast. Continuing the theme of sporting sounds from episode 46, The Electroacoustic Sounds of Tennis, I have assembled some tracks from the archives featuring racket sport sounds plus my own sound work capturing this year‘s US Open experience. Enjoy.
This episode features tracks representing the development of dub music in the 1970s and 1980s. Originally created as instrumental tracks pulled from other Jamaican reggae hits, dub evolved into a genre of its own in which the mixing console and sound editing became ”instruments” in the hands of producers, engineers, and mixers.
The Laughing Space
This episode is a sound space created using the audio effects of laughter, applause, and misc. audience/crowd sounds and tag music. Every sound heard in this podcast originates from original library broadcast records. Laugh it up!