The Golden Apples of the Sun Radio Show

July 15, 2012, 6:11 am
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From the compilation LP Early Dutch Electronic Music from Philips Research Laboratories 1956-1963.

True electronic music pioneers Dick Raaijmakers [aka Kid Baltan] and Tom Dissevelt did everything with tone generators and tapes, no keyboards were used. It is hard to believe but the piece ‘Song of the Second Moon’ is from 1957!!!

Dick who worked at Philips NATLAB [Natuurkundig Laboratorium] in Eindhoven, The Netherlands was asked by a Director to compose “popular electronic music” and inspired by the thought of space travel and Yuri Gagarin “Song Of The Second Moon” was the first tune. It was created using oscillators, tone-generators, and tape recorders, and then edited with scissors!!. It was an ingenious piece of effects and melodies with dozens of “frames” or ‘samples’ that had to be edited by hand in the old fashion “cut and paste” style. Golden Apples recommends you file with, but before your Jean-Jacques Perrey, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and Delia Derbyshire.

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