Bruce Haack On Mr Rogers Neighborhood, Blowing Children’s Minds

Pioneering electronic musician Bruce Haack visited Mr Rogers Neighborhood on May 22, 1968, blowing minds of children everywhere.

Watch closely, and you’ll see that Haack demonstrates a wide range of electronic music techniques that a lot of musicians would consider experimental today, close to 50 years later. Haack’s techniques included circuit bending, found instruments, experimental instrument interfaces, skin conductance music controllers, gestural controllers and more.  Continue reading

BBC Recreates Sounds Of Radiophonic Workshop With HTML Audio

The BBC has published some online demonstrations that recreate the sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using the Web Audio API:

Explore the BBC sound of the 1960s with our 4 demos of Radiophonic equipment, built with the new Web Audio API standard. Each demo comes with commented code, so you can learn how to build your own audio applications.

The demos include simulations of the Workshop’s gunfire effects, the ‘Wobbulator’, tape loops & a ring modulator.

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Tod Dockstader Album Reissue

Mordant Music has re-issued (and remixed) an album of experimental electronic production music from the Boosey & Hawkes Library by the legendary Tod Dockstader. Amazing analogue synthetic textures and rhythms.

This LP was first issued by library music label Boosey & Hawkes in 1979, and renders some 23 electronic cues of exceptional calibre, at once freaky, funky, spaced-out and wonderfully dramatic – and all coming from an avowed non-musician. Much like Daphne Oram – another sonic autodidact who was also shunned by the establishment – Dockstader’s music has a genuinely alien, ethereal quality……

Audio samples and details are available at boomkat.

Dockstader is a self-taught electronic musician and the subject of a short documentary, Unlocking Dockstader.

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Planet Rock And Other Tales Of The 808 – New Documentary Looks At Roland TR-808

Producers Alex Noyer, Arthur Baker and Alex Dunn have released this preview of an upcoming documentary on the Roland TR-808 and its role in music.

Planet Rock And Other Tales Of The 808 is scheduled for release in 2013.