“Oldest” Computer Music Unveiled

A scratchy recording of Baa Baa Black Sheep and a truncated version of In the Mood are thought to be the oldest known recordings of computer generated music.

The songs were captured by the BBC in the Autumn of 1951 during a visit to the University of Manchester.

The recording has been unveiled as part of the 60th Anniversary of “Baby”, the forerunner of all modern computers.

The tunes were played on a Ferranti Mark 1 computer, a commercial version of the Baby Machine.

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Middle River Pictures, June 12, 2008

Yesterday afternoon Stacy and I took a quick trip out of town to see how high Middle River had become with recent rain water and flooding—it was impressive to see the water as high as it was—well out of it’s banks (covering even the parking above the river, for those familiar with the area) and near the bottom of the bridge.  Earlier in the day the water had been even higher, covering the road farther south (near where the red vehicle pictured was driving). Click on each image for a larger view—Phil

Rhino Boxed Sets

Wow—I didn’t know a few of these were around. . . something to look for at HPB down the road 🙂

Central Avenue Sounds—Jazz in Los Angeles:

The Doo Wop Box I:

The Doo Wop Box II:

Electromagnetic Steamboat (The Fugs):

Hot Rods and Custom Classics:

Like, Ohmigod! (80s Pop Culture):

The Remains of Tom Lehrer:

Rock, Rhythm, and Doo Wop:

Rockin’ Bones:

Soul Spectacular:

The Complete Stax/Volt Singles:

The Sugar Hill Records Story:


Rock, Rhythm, and Doo Wop II:

What it Is! Vinyl:

BBC News: Map reveals key wildlife hotspots

Scientists have developed a technique that pinpoints key biodiversity hotspots, which they say will lead to more effective conservation strategies.

Researchers used the system to identify vital habitats in Madagascar, which is home to a vast array of unique species.

Writing in Science, they say their methodology identifies exact areas that support a wide variety of organisms.

More than 80% of the known species on the island nation are not found anywhere else in the world. . .

Read more at BBC News

Stonehenge Archaeology Update

Archaeologists carrying out an excavation at Stonehenge say they have broken through to a layer that may finally explain why the site was built.

The team has reached sockets that once held bluestones – smaller stones, most now missing or uprooted, which formed the site’s original structure.

The researchers believe that the bluestones could reveal that Stonehenge was once a place of healing. . . .

Read all at BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7337292.stm

New Keyboard: Ensoniq SQ-80

I’ve yet to post the “official” announcement at my studio page, but yesterday morning I drove to Indianola to purchase a used Ensoniq SQ-80 with case, manual, and a pair of disks from a recording studio which was updating their sould pallete.  As I already owned an ESQ-M (a rack unit of the ESQ-1, which predated the SQ80) I was familiar with the sounds this synth was capable of creating and was excited to try out the ease of use many reviews of the keyboard mention.  I’m not dissapointed at all and am excited to plan the integration of the board into my synth array.  More coming soon. . .

Links to information about the SQ-80:



Additional Sound Libraries

Syntaur Sounds and Memoryhttp://www.syntaur.com/esq.html Patchman Musichttp://www.patchmanmusic.com/ensoniqESQ.html http://www.soundengine.com/html/synth/enssq80.html http://www.ibiblio.org/emusic-l/rms/SQ-series.txt http://www.synthmania.com/esq-1.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensoniq_ESQ-1 http://www.synthzone.com/ensoniq.htm http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Keyboard+And+MIDI/product/Ens… http://www.cesiumsound.com/Testimonials.html http://www.i2.i-2000.com/~jeffrey/ESQ.htm http://www.pic101.com/ensoniq/ http://wolzow.mindworks.ee/analog/esq-1.htm http://www.synthzone.com/midi/ensoniq/esq1sq1/esq-1.html http://www.retrosynth.com/links.html http://www.pongthrob.com/news.html http://www.darksonus.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=9284&sid=07f56a7c17fb53e… http://www.sequencer.de/sound_patches_download.html http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Keyboard+And+MIDI/product/Ens…