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CLIP 6630

Music from vintage computers

Music from vintage computers
Key Info
  • Music from vintage computers
  • Duration: 03:08
  • Matthew Applegate uses some of the oldest and rarest computers at the National Museum of Computing in Milton Keynes to create music commissioned by the Foundation for New Music. Applegate creates abstract electronic music known as chiptune by sampling the whirring and clunking of the mechanical parts as well as the actual soundchips. This clip was first published on BBC News Online on 17 February 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
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  • Keywords: ICT, composition, digital, new media, Bletchley Park, Colussus Mark 2, technology, engineering
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used as an introduction to the use of music technologies to create, manipulate and refine sounds. An introduction to the history of computing and how the recent past can be preserved.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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