Thursday, 5 January 2017

The Great Bleep Forward - 4. Episode 4

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 9th December 2016

Another chance to hear Andrew Collins presenting a four-part series on electronica.

In the final part of the series, Andrew gives us a glimpse of the electronic future as it appeared to him in 2004, when this series was made.

As electronic music reaches maturity, new artists are going back to the original synthesizers and mixing them with the most up-to-date technology to create new fusions.

Computers rule the planet and music. You no longer need to be a musician to make music, you can be a programmer. And vintage instruments can be re-created on your laptop.

Electronics have also become sophisticated in the live environment, with bands like Radiohead sampling and replaying vocals during a live track.

You can buy a software singer and guitarist for under £200 each. Have we finally created Kraftwerk's Man Machine?

A1 People - Crazy Electro Music [Hydrogen Dukebox]
Air - Run [Virgin Music]
Jean-Claude Risset - Mutations [Sub Rosa]
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alonge Tonight Recording [Sub Pop]
Zoot Woman - Grey Day [PIAS Recordings]
A1 People - Casio Rock [Hydrogen Dukebox]
Les Rythmes Digitales - Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat) [Wall Of Sound]
Goldfrapp - Deer Stop [Mute]
Radiohead - Kid A [Parlophone]
Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake [V2]
Ladytron - Blue Jeans [Invicta Hi-Fi]
The Chemical Brothers - Out Of Control [Virgin]
Kraftwerk - Aerodynamic [EMI]
Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place [Parlophone]
Wendy Carlos - Initial Experiments [CBS]
Kraftwerk - The Robots [Elektra]

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