The New Sound Of Music 1979 (part 3)

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The New Sound of Music is a fascinating BBC historical documentary from the year 1979. It charts the development of recorded music from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder and onto the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music development with voltage-controlled oscillators making up the analogue synthesizers of the day. EMS Synthesizers and equipment are a heavily featured technology resource in this film, with the show's host, Michael Rodd, demonstrating the EMS VCS3 synthesizer and it's waveform output. Other EMS products include the incredible Synthi 100 modular console system, the EMS AKS, the Poly Synthi and the EMS Vocoder. Most of the location shots are filmed within the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop studios as they were in 1979. Malcolm Clarke demonstrates the Synthi 100, also known as the "Delaware", Michael Rodd demonstrates musique concrete by tape splicing and manipulation and Paddy Kingsland demonstrates tape recorder delay techniques (also known as "Frippertronics"). The Yamaha CS-80 analogue synthesizer is demonstrated by both Peter Howell and Roger Limb. The EMS Vocoder is also expertly put to use by Peter Howell on his classic "Greenwich Chorus" for the television series "The Body in Question". Dick Mills works on sound effects for Doctor Who using a VCS3 unit, and Elizabeth Parker uses bubble sounds to create music for an academic film on particle physics. Peter Zinovieff is featured using his computer music studio and DEC PDP8 computer to produce electronic variations on classic vintage scores. David Vorhaus is featured using his invention, the MANIAC (Multiphasic ANalog Inter-Active Chromataphonic (sequencer)), and playing his other invention, the Kaleidophon -- which uses lengths of magnetic tape as velocity-sensitive ribbon controllers. The New Sound of Music is a fascinating insight into the birth of the world of recorded and electronic music and features some very classic British analogue synthesizers creating the electronic sounds in this film. The prime location for these demonstrations is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop where much creativity and invention took place during the period the workshop was in operation in the latter part of the twentieth century. Electronic music today is used everywhere, and many musicians gain inspiration from the past, as well as delving into the realms of sonic structures and theories made possible by the widespread use of computers to manipulate sounds for the creation of all kinds of musical forms.

  1. At 6:55, working at the BBC was a most glorious life moment for Roger. Healthy chunk of the BBC budget to get that Yamaha.
  2. oh dear lord, a CS-80!!!! :D
  3. A TRAPEZOID KNOB??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. +discorobotification Please, sir... it's Roger "out on a" Limb.
  5. Wait, was the guy playing piano Roger Linn, as in the drum machine Roger Linn?
  6. Look at that Roger Limb go (at 7:37)! Full transcript of this scene (7:20): "Roger Limb now replayed the piece through earphones. Then, at the right moment, without singing, he used his speaking voice to trigger the synthesizer, adding words to the tune of the saxophone."
  7. 12:00 You, think, I, Can't, Sing, Well then Iiiiii'm dis-abled. Iiiiii'm dis-abled.
  8. Tiny Robot cleaning mice made of rubber and metal.
  9. Must steal, all that I see!
  10. 7:37 Original Daft Punk
  11. The foretelling of Nine Inch Nails
  12. Ya - It did sound a little purple to me...
  13. that yamaha synth is so expensive
  14. Maybe so, but much of that old equipment is quite heavy. I'm pretty sure it would crush the thumb drive.
  15. That Yamaha CS-80 (starting about 5:10) looks brand new. Of course, it was probably pretty new at the time.
  16. 04:39 K9!
  17. LOL
  18. Malcolm Clarke, sadly, died suddenly in 2003, aged about 60. I don't know what of. The Radiophonic workshop was wound up in 1994, as it was virtually pointless by this time due to small studios and powerful software.
  19. "...it still doesn't have that whirling mustache sound..."
  20. My hair is almost as long. Therefore, I shall obtain all equipment and the knowledge of how to operate it. Bwahahahahahahaaaaaaa. Do not shoot at my ship as I flee.
  21. That sax + vocoder bit is ridiculous! 7:20
  22. It's available on the Radiophonic Workshop: A Retrospective CD release which came out a few years ago and is still in print I believe.
  23. are you ready john? ready when you are
  24. I want roger's jumper.
  25. This is probably the best documentary I've seen about the fundamentals of sound synthesis. This should be shown to kids at the START of of every music program.You have to understand sound before you can really understand music. The problem is most school music professors or teachers are still have a bullshit bigoted attitude towards electronically generated music.