Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk alias Venetian Snares, 2008. Photo courtesy of Tuomas Vitikainen.
Synthesizer bands of the 70s: Kraftwerk, The Human League etc and their equipment – via hip-hop to house/techno/intelligent dance music and all the sub-, sub-sub- and sub-sub-sub-genres of electronic music of the 80s, 90s and later – Karlheinz Stockhausen gives his view on this music in a blind test; turns out the only one he liked came from his old student Irmin Schmidt and his band Can – analogue synthesizers make a comeback – laptops and the democratisation of music production – synthesiser programming: an interview with Phill Macdonald – alternative user-interfaces to the keyboard – where on earth are we heading? Peter Zinovieff, Brian Hodgson, John Chowning, Suzanne Ciani, Barry Vercoe, Morton Subotnick and Irmin Schmidt all put in their two cents, pence or pfennige.
These Hopeful Machines - Episode 6
Written by James Gardner and Gary Steel, presented by James Gardner, produced by Tim Dodd and James Gardner for Radio New Zealand.
Scroll down for handy links, a bibliography and the playlist for this episode.
Grateful thanks for help in the production of Episode 6 go to:
John Chowning; Suzanne Ciani; David Cockerell; Paul Doornbusch of Collarts in Melbourne for allowing us to use excerpts from his interview with Miller Puckette; Brian Hodgson; Glenda Keam; Phill Macdonald for the interview and the Korg demonstration recordings; Jono Podmore; Irmin Schmidt, Hildegard Schmidt and René Tinner for granting, organizing and recording the Irmin Schmidt interview; Gary Steel; Morton Subotnick; Barry Vercoe; Peter Vogel; Julia Woodward; Peter Zinovieff.
- The BBC's documentary 'Synth Britannia' about the British synth bands of the 70s and 80s
- Kraftwerk's website
- Kraftwerk on Tomorrow’s World
- Can documentary
Listening Through Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music
Oxford University Press 2010
Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology
Wesleyan University Press 1997
Nick Collins, Margaret Schedel and Scott Wilson
Cambridge University Press 2013
Nick Collins and Julio d’Escrivan
The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music
Cambridge University Press 2008
Generation Ecstasy/Energy Flash: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture (reprint)
Soft Skull Press 2012
Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner (eds)
Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music