The BBC reports that newly found acetate disks contain what is believed to be the earliest known computer music recordings:
The songs were captured by the BBC in the Autumn of 1951 during a visit to the University of Manchester.
The recording has been unveiled as part of the 60th Anniversary of “Baby”, the forerunner of all modern computers.
The tunes were played on a Ferranti Mark 1 computer, a commercial version of the Baby Machine.
“I think it’s historically significant,” Paul Doornbusch, a computer music composer and historian at the New Zealand School of Music, told BBC News.
“As far as I know it’s the earliest recording of a computer playing music in the world, probably by quite a wide margin.”
You can listen to the recording at the BBC site.
There is some interesting gestural control going on here – lots of Wii Controllers in used. Grainface, captured performing Furióus on January 2008 in the ZKM Kubus (Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie) Karlsruhe.
Grainface is the laptop ensemble of the Institute for musicology and musicinformatics (Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik) of the University of Music Karlsruhe.
Arduino Controlled Servo Robot (SERB) – kit
A great kit that includes everything you need to begin experimenting with robots, Arduino micro-controllers and open source hardware. All carefully packaged and nicely presented.
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