Wednesday, June 18, 2008

'Oldest' computer music unveiled


BBC News:

A scratchy recording of Baa Baa Black Sheep and a truncated version of In the Mood are thought to be the oldest known recordings of computer generated music.

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.



Mars said...

That track is actually 'My Country Tis Of Thee', an American standard.

Great blog, LOVED the Fairlight Revisited article.

John M. said...

Hi Mars,

Thanks for dropping in.

Yes indeed, the first part. in America, is known as 'My Country tis of Thee' however, in the UK they know it as 'God Save the Queen/King' or, their national anthem.

The middle part is that piano piece that became known as 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', but I can't remember who wrote the original, Brahms maybe?

The last bit was that Glenn Miller song... man, I can't remember anything right now.

I'm really glad you enjoyed Fairlight Revisited. Sometimes I wonder if anyone (except for a few friends) actually reads those longer pieces.

Thanks again, stop by anytime.