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Bonus Tracks from the Archives

Recordings that didn’t quite make the playlist for previous podcasts

My Book: Electronic and Experimental Music, sixth edition, Routledge 2020.

My Podcast: The Holmes Archive of Electronic Music

As listeners of this podcast know, I usually organize each episode around a common theme, such as electronic jazz, tape music, synth-pop, and so forth. For this episode I thought I would put together a set of recordings that didn’t quite make the playlist for previous podcasts. These tracks from the archives were up for consideration but were omitted due to time constraints or some other reason. In many cases, I had alternative tracks from the same artist that were included in the podcast instead. So, each of the tracks included here is remarkable on its own. And by not restricting myself to a podcast theme this time around, I can include a variety of tracks that I may not have ever imagined being played together until now.

Here is a playlist of the the tracks that also indicates which of the podcast episodes they were originally intended.


1. Steve Birchall, “Summer Memories” from Reality Gates (1973 Poseidon Electronic Music Studio). Self-produced and distributed. EMS VCS-3, Eventide Clockworks Instant Phaser, EMT Reverb, Cooper Time Cube delay, Steve Birchall. 10:37. Not used in episode 38, Before “New Age” Music.

2. Paul Bley, “Improvisie” from Improvisie, 1971. ARP 2500 synthesizer and RMI electric piano, Paul Bley; Voice, Piano, Electric Piano, Annette Peacock; Percussion, Han Bennink. 13:52. Not used in episode 15, Electronic Jazz, Part 3: Early Synthesizer Jazz.

3. John Cage, David Tudor, “Duet For Cymbal” from John Cage, David Tudor, Christian Wolff ‎– San Francisco Museum Of Art, January 16th, 1965. Historic concert of live electronic music recorded by KPFA San Francisco Museum of Art. "Duet for cymbal" was performed on a single cymbal with contact microphones agitated by a wide gamut of objects. 9:34. Not used in episode 12, David Tudor: From piano to electronics.

4. Walter De Maria, “Ocean Music,” 1968, privately released. 20:30. Not used in episode 13, Electronic Jazz, Part 1: Before the Synthesizer.

5. Toshiro Mayuzumi, “Mandara” for electronic sounds and voices (1969, Philips). 10:21. Not used in episode 16, Vintage Electronic Music from Japan, Part 1.

6. Jacqueline Nova, “Creación De La Tierra” from Bertola / Nova / Orellana–Tres Composiciones Electroacusticas (1976 Tacuabé). Tape composition, Jacqueline Nova. Creación de la tierra (composed 1972) realized in the Studio of fonologia de la Universidad nacionál de Buenos Aires. 18:22. Not used in episode 5, Seeing and Touching Sound—Music for Magnetic Tape.

7. Eliane Radigue, “Triptych 1” from Triptych (1978 Important RE). ARP 2500 Synthesizer, Eliane Radigue. Recorded in the composer's studio in Paris. Commissioned by Douglas Dunn for choreography. Only this part of Triptych was staged at the premiere at the Dancehall/Theatre of Nancy on February 27, 1978. 17:33. Not used in episode 5, Seeing and Touching Sound—Music for Magnetic Tape.

8. Miki Yui, “Whisper” from the album Small Sounds (1999 BMB). Electronics, Miki Yui. “Small sounds are to merge and fuse with your acoustic environment - please play in a transparent level; in different atmosphere.” Composed and recorded in Cologne, Germany. 3:12. Not used in episode 5, Seeing and Touching Sound—Music for Magnetic Tape.

9. Madelyn Byrne, “Winter” from Lesbian American Composers (CRI 1998). Electro-acoustic composition by Madelyn Byrne. 7:37. Not used in episode 5, Seeing and Touching Sound—Music for Magnetic Tape.

10. Barney Wilen, “Auto Jazz: The Tragic Destiny of Lorenzo Bandini,” part 1, 1968. 5:37. Not used in episode 13, Electronic Jazz, Part 1: Before the Synthesizer. Bass, Beb Guérin; Drums,Eddy Gaumont; Piano, François Tusques; Saxophone, Barney Wilen. Soundtrack of race cars recorded at the Grand Prix de Monaco, May 7, 1967 by Barney Wilen.

Opening music: Ian Boddy, “Vox Lumina” from Aurora (2002 DiN). Composed, produced, played by Ian Boddy using: Software Instruments (Logic, Metasynth, Pluggo, Absynth, Reaktor, EVP88), Analogue synthesizers (VCS3, Roland 100M, Doepfer A100, Analogue Solutions, Analogue Systems), Sounds (Radio), Digital synthesizers (Roland JD990, Roland D550, Roland JP8000), Akai S6000 Digital Sampler.

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