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Title What the future sounded like [videorecording] / Porthmeor productions ; director, Matthew Bale ; producer, Clare Harris.

Published [Australia] : Enhance : Screenrights, 2010, c2006.


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Physical description 1 videodisc (DVD)(27 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes Off-air recordings of the ABC2 television program broadcast on 28/7/2010. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968.
Copyright Porthmeor Productions, 2006.
Developed and produced in association with: The Australian Film Commission ; The South Australian Film Corporation ; the 2007 Adelaide Film Festival and the ABC.
Summary From Dr Who to The Dark Side of the Moon to modern day dance music, the pioneering members of the Electronic Music Studios radically changed the sound-scape of the 20th century. What the Future Sounded Like tells the fascinating story of British electronic music. In postwar Britain, musician and composer Tristram Cary was using materials left over from the war to experiment with electronic music. Uninhibited, anything went with regard to the sounds he invented. He also moonlighted as a composer for pop cult films like The Ladykillers and the seminal television series Dr Who. In the 1960s an exiled Russian aristocrat Peter Zinovieff, borrowed money from his rich British wife to purchase two military grade computers. Costing as much as a house at the time, he used them specifically for his personal experiments in electronic music. But it was his collaboration with music engineer David Cockerell that helped revolutionise electronic music. By the end of the 60s, Cary joined forces with Zinovieff and Cockerell to establish EMS (Electronic Music Studios). EMS was the most advanced computer-music facility in the world. They created incredible sounds for films about nuclear power reactors, adverts for early Olivetti computers and for the British Pavilion at the 1967 World Expo. Played back today this early electronic music still arouses wonder at its creation and power. EMS's great legacy is the VCS3, Britain's first synthesizer and rival of the American Moog. The VCS3 was a uniquely British invention used by some of the most popular artists of the time including: The Who, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music and David Bowie. Almost 30 years on, the VCS3 is still used by modern electronic artists like Aphex Twin and Radiohead.
Original Version Originally produced : Australia : Porthmeor Productions in association with The Australian Film Commission, The South Australian Film Corporation, the 2007 Adelaide Film Festival and the ABC, 2006.
System notes DVD ; PAL.
Other author Bale, Matthew.
Harris, Clare.
ABC-TV (Australia)
Australian Film Commission.
South Australian Film Corporation.
Adelaide Film Festival (3rd : 2007)
Enhance (Firm)
Screenrights (Society)
Porthmeor Productions.
Subject Electronic Music Studios (England)
Electronic music -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Computer music -- History and criticism.
Rock music with electronics -- History and criticism.
Popular music with electronics -- History and criticism.
Synthesizer (Musical instrument)
Publisher Number BC-0000-19180 Enhance