The latest Tone Generation (produced by Simon James) is live.
In this special hour long edition of the ongoing series exploring early
electronic music, Ian Helliwell delves into his archive to unearth tracks by
some of the pioneers in computing. Starting with the first original computer
composition in 1957, the selection gives an insight into the developments of
music made initially on giant mainframes using punched cards, and then onto more compact systems by the late 1970s.
The programme includes tracks by Max Mathews, John R. Pierce, James Tenney, Jean Claude Risset, Lejaren Hiller, Godfrey Winham, J K Randall, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Barry Vercoe, Robert Ceely, Charles Dodge and Bruce Pennycook.
Cick here for the latest episode. Find the rest of the series here.