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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.

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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.

    Symphony of the Birds

    Symphony of the Birds

    This episode: Symphony of the Birds Since the dawn of audio recording, people have been fascinated with capturing the sounds of birds. This episode explores early field recordings of birds, electronic music that uses the sound of birds as raw material, and the sound of synthetically generated bird sounds.   PlaylistBeatrice Harrison, Nightingales (1927), a 78 RPM released by His Master’s Voice, a United Kingdom label of RCA Victor at the time. “Recorded in Beatrice Harrison's garden, Oxted,” England. Probably wild birds in her garden.Karl Reich’s Aviary, Bremen, Trés Jolie, Actual Song of Nightingales and Canaries, with Orchestra (1931). Bluebird Records in the US. Canary breeder Karl Reich (1885–1944) from Bremen (Germany) and his feathered choir of thirty trained canaries were the sensation on the record market in the late 1920s.John Cage, Bird Cage (1973) from the album Bird Cage released in 2000 by Joel Chadabe’s Electronic Music Foundation in the US.Isao Tomita, Sound Creature, demonstration of synthesized bird sounds from his piece Daphne and Chloe by Ravel (1977). Finished section followed by the individually processed synthesized sounds. RCA Red Seal, Japan. Later released in entirety in 1979.Ariel Kalma, Gongmo (1978) from the album Osmose (1978). Released in France on SFP records.From the soundtrack of The Birds, an Alfred Hitchcock film from 1963. From the album, Alfred Hitchcock ‎– The Classic Soundtrack Collection. An original “soundtrack” doesn’t actually exist because no music was orchestrated for the movie other than the eerie electronic music sounds of birds created by Oskar Sala. He used the Mixtur Trautonium to produce these sounds.Ralph Lundsten, Skogen Vaknar from the album Nordisk Natursymfoni Nr 1 "Strömkarlen" in 1975. Odeon Records, Sweden.Earthstar, Morning Song, from the album French Skyline (1979). Sky Records.Jim Nollman, Music to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner By, 3 flute players and 300 turkeys, from the album Playing Music with Animals (1982) by Folkways Recordsin the US.Ann McMillan, Syrinx, from the album Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal & Other Sounds (1979), on Folkways, US.Jim Fassett, Symphony of the Birds (1960) from an album of the same name on Ficker Records in the US. The Archive Mix in which I play three tracks at the same time, all with bird sounds.Johan Dalgas Frisch, The Song from Moulin Rouge, from the album Symphony of the Birds (1968) released on MGM records in the US.Ambience One, Colloquy: Unruffled Feathers, excerpt, produced by Eddie Newmark, on Audio Fidelity Records in 1970.An Evening in Sapsucker Woods, excerpt, 158, produced by Arthur A. Allen and Peter Paul Kellogg for Cornell University Records.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Seeing and Touching Sound—Music for Magnetic Tape

    Seeing and Touching Sound—Music for Magnetic Tape

    PlaylistDelia Derbyshire, Dreaming (1971), from the album Out of This World: Atmospheric Sounds and Effects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1976)Glynis Jones, Crystal City, from the album Out of This World: Atmospheric Sounds and Effects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1976)Pauline Oliveros, Jar Piece (1966), from the album Electronic Essays (1968)Jacqueline Nova, Opposition-Fusion (1968), from the sound library of the Studio of fonologia de la Universidad nacionál de Buenos Aires.Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, Zones (1972), from the album Carrefour: Musique, Électro-Acoustique/electroacoustic music, (1972)Eliane Radigue, Triptych, Part 2, excerpt (1978), from the album Triptych (2009)Maggi Payne, Subterranean Network, excerpt (1985), from the album Music From Mills (1986)Miki Yui, Mong (1999) from the album Small Sounds (1999)This episode’s Archive Mix. These two records are played simultaneously and are not manipulated in any way, leaving all audio and musical interactions to chance. The tracks:Veronika Wolf-Cohen, Bat David (1980) from the album Israeli Electroacoustic Music (1981)andAnn McMillan, Amber ’75, excerpt (1975) from the album Gateway Summer Sound - Abstracted Animal & Other Sounds (1978)Intro and outro music, plus all incidental sounds by Thom Holmes.For information about Thom’s book, Electronic and Experimental Music (6th edition) go to the book’s website for a print or electronic version, or order on Amazon.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Twelve Gymnopédies

    Twelve Gymnopédies

    Electronic arrangements of the music the piano music of Erik Satie.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Not Tangerine Dream

    Not Tangerine Dream

    Artists from Germany, the UK, and US who emulated the transcendental vibes and sequencer stylings of Tangerine Dream.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Noises from the Past

    Noises from the Past

    A short history of noise music with vintage recordings.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Do Not Listen if You are Stoned

    Do Not Listen if You are Stoned

    Vintage head music from before the days of Tangerine Dream and New Age music.

    • 1 hr 29 min

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