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Sunday, 29 January 2012

PMB065: Introduction to Personal Computing (Perrey & Kingsley, Wing, The Bran Flakes, France Gall, Bruce Haack, Covox, Joel Vandroogenbroeck)

PMB064: The BirdsThis week on the show we kick off a new occasional part-work series of shows in which we aim to introduce listeners to the exciting new world of personal computing. This week's topics include computer safety, jazz computing, computer romance, programming yourself and computing in German.












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The Music

1.The Bran Flakes: A Musical Computer from I Don't Have A FriendBuy on AmazonI Don't Have A Friend - The Bran Flakes
2.Perrey & Kingsley: Computer In Love from The Out Sound From Way In!Buy on AmazonThe Out Sound from Way In! - Perrey & Kingsley
3.Wing: Safe Computer from Safe Computer - EPBuy on AmazonSafe Computer - EP - Wing
4.Covox: Computer Love from 8 Bit Operators: A Tribute to the Music of KraftwerkBuy on Amazon8-Bit Operators: The Music Of Kraftwerk Performed On 8-bit Video Game Systems - Various Artists
5.John Baker: PM - Computers In Business from The John Baker Tapes Volume 1: BBC Radiophonics 1963-1974Buy on AmazonThe John Baker Tapes - John Baker
6.France Gall: Der Computer Nr. 3 from En Allemand - Das Beste In DeutschBuy on AmazonEn allemand - Das Beste auf Deutsch - Gall, France
7.Gianni Safred: Jazz Computer 1 from FuturibileBuy on AmazonFuturibile: the Life to Come - Gianni Safred
8.Bruce Haack: Program Me from Farad: The Electric VoiceBuy on AmazonFarad: The Electric Voice - Bruce Haack
9.Jonathan Gibbs: Computers In The Real World from The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A RetrospectiveBuy on Amazon
10.Joel Vandroogenbroeck: Computer Graphic from Computer BlossomsBuy on AmazonComputer Blossoms - Joel Vandroogenbroeck
11.Bill Schaeffer: Igotrhy from PLATO Computer Music 1977 - 1982Buy on AmazonPLATO Computer Music 1977 - 1982 - Bill Schaeffer
12.The IBM 7090 Computer: The Voice Of The IBM 7090 Computer from Music From MathematicsBuy on AmazonMusic from Mathematics - Human And Electronic Musicians

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Personal Computing - A Preparatory Module

In preparation for this evening's show (An Introduction to Personal Computing) here is an educational module in which you will learn about important concepts such as Windows, Icons, the Mouse, and Pull-down menus (or WIMP for short):

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Num Nums from NAMM 2012

Regular listeners to the show will know that we are great enthusiasts of squelchy analogue electronics here at the Moonbase. One of the best events to find out about the tastiest new analogue synths is the annual NAMM Show which has just taken place in Anaheim, California.

Lots of great gear was unveiled at this year's NAMM but here are four new toys we were particularly moved by:

First up, those giants of all things analogue, Moog Music Inc, have released the Minitaur, a new version of their classic Taurus bass pedal line, except this time it's in the form of a bass synthesizer into which you can plug any MIDI controller (or CV/Gate controller for that matter):

Next, Arturia who up until now have been chiefly renowned for producing software emulations of some classic analogue synths (including the Moog Modular and Minimoog). They have, wisely in our view, decided that there's nothing quite like twidding real knobs and have released the amazing Minibrute. Of particular appeal is the presence of a "Brute Factor" knob:

Both of the above synths will be selling in the region of £400-500. This next one is out of the range of mere mortals (it'll set you back about $15,000) but it's worth a mention because we love the idea of a modular synth which you can fold up. This is the latest in the 200e line of modular synth systems from that other great pioneer of analogue synthesis, Don Buchla. He calls it the Buchla Skylab:

Buchla Skylab
Buchla Skylab

Finally, another analogue synth designed for portability, this is the Pittsburgh Modular Foundation which, as with the Minitaur above, can be played with any MIDI controller. What's particularly appealing about this one is the fact that it includes a number of REALLY GIANT KNOBS:

Pittsburgh Modular Foundation

Pittsburgh Modular FoundationPittsburgh Modular Foundation

Sources: Moog Music Inc, Matrixsynth, Synthtopia.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

PMB064: The Birds (The Advisory Circle, Spacedog, Moondog, Julie Andrews, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Neal Hefti, Rick Jones, Ivor Cutler, Jim Fassett)

PMB064: The BirdsPrompted on the one hand by the inclusion of an owl-themed track on the new Spacedog album and on the other by a seagull-themed track on Jonny Trunk's recently released collection of music and songs used in Fingerbobs, we thought it an appropriate moment to celebrate all things avian by making birds the theme of this week's show. This is part of our ongoing exploration of the animal kingdom. If you have a particular favourite branch of the evolutionary tree or if there is a genus or species you are particularly keen on, do let us know and we will do our best to make it the subject of a future show.




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The Music

1.Jean-Jacques Perrey: Crazy Crow And Daffyduck from Good MoogBuy on Amazon
2.Neal Hefti: My Fine Feathered Finks from Batman Theme & 11 Hefti Bat Songs / Hefti in Gotham CityBuy on AmazonBatman Theme & 19 Hefti Bat Songs - Neal Hefti
3.The Advisory Circle: As The Crow Flies from As The Crow FliesBuy on AmazonAs the Crow Flies - The Advisory Circle
4.Rick Jones: Gulliver's Theme from FingerbobsBuy on AmazonFingerbobs - Michael Jessett, Michael Cole & Rick Jones
5.Florian ZaBach: Hot Canary from 100 Jazz LegendsBuy on Amazon100 Jazz Legends - Various Artists
6.Dick Hyman: Blackbird from The Age of ElectronicusBuy on Amazon
7.Jim Fassett: Symphony of the Birds Intro from Symphony of the BirdsBuy on Amazon
8.Jim Fassett: Andante e lirico from Symphony of the BirdsBuy on Amazon
9.Moondog, Julie Andrews, Martyn Green: The Cuckoo from Songs of Sense and NonsenseBuy on AmazonSongs of Sense and Nonsense - Moondog, Julie Andrews & Martyn Green
10.Spacedog: Owl Club from Juice For The BabyBuy
11.Jean Bell: Theme from The Owl ServiceBuy on Amazon
12.Ivor Cutler: Birdswing from A Flat ManBuy on AmazonA Flat Man - Ivor Cutler
13.Leona Anderson: Yo Ho The Crow from Music To Suffer ByBuy on AmazonMusic To Suffer By - Leona Anderson
14.The Kramford Look: Night Bird from 1970Buy on Amazon1970 - The Kramford Look

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