808 Documentary Getting Simultaneous Apple Music/iTunes & Theatrical Release

Atlantic Films and You Know Films have announced plans to release the Roland TR-808 documentary, 808, simultaneously on Apple Music/iTunes and in theaters, later this year. The film chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its use in popular music. The film features commentary and contributions from Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, The… Read More 808 Documentary Getting Simultaneous Apple Music/iTunes & Theatrical Release

BBC Radiophonic Album Reissue Announced

Light in the Attic records has announced that it is reissuing a vintage collection of work by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The 1979 collection BBC Radiophonic Workshop: 21 will be reissued on June 24th. Here’s what they have to say about the album:

Synthetic Sound Labs Recreates 1939 VODER Talking Machine

The VODER “talking machine,” originally created by Bell Laboratories for the 1939 New York World’s Fair and San Francisco Exhibitions, has been recreated using modern components made by Synthetic Sound Labs (SSL), under contract by Nokia Bell Labs. The new VODER is going to be played later this month as part of the Human Digital… Read More Synthetic Sound Labs Recreates 1939 VODER Talking Machine

Bebe Barron Interview On The Sounds of Forbidden Planet

This interview with electronic music pioneer Bebe Barron (June 16, 1925 – April 20, 2008), by KFAI radio’s Jerry Modjeski, was recorded in 2000. Barron, was co-composer with her husband Louis Barron, of the soundtrack for the 1956 sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet. The soundtrack is considered to be the first entirely electronic score for a film. Here’s… Read More Bebe Barron Interview On The Sounds of Forbidden Planet