Monday, March 31, 2008


I happened on this quite by chance this morning and thought it a wonderful find, I think most of us would enjoy it.
Here's a sample:

How Francis Bacon predicted the recording studio in 'New Atlantis' in 1626

If you can get hold of a copy, I recommend the April 2008 issue of Sound on Sound, which includes Steve Marshall's epic 12 page history of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which was founded 50 years ago in April 1958.
His piece is full of goodness, but the thing that really amazed me was this "We have also sound-houses" quote from Francis Bacon's 1626 book 'The New Atlantis', which Workshop founder Daphne Oram had pinned on the wall of the Workshop. It's all there: "We represent small sounds as great and deep" = Waves Ultramaximiser, "We represent and imitate all articulate sounds and letters" = a circuit-bend Speak'n'Spell, and "divers tremblings and warblings of sounds" pretty well describes my entire musical output.
[Posted: 23.3.08 by Tom Whitwell] [STORY LINK] [5 comments]


goneforeign said...

Divers is old English for 'diverse', loosely translated as 'many'.

steenbeck said...

Goneforeign, I like music thing. I love the self-sampling robot, and I liked the video of Toumani Diabate teaching how to play the Kora. I wish it had been longer. Did you listen to Flowers of Guatemala? I don't know if you check comments that far back.

goneforeign said...

Steenbeck: Yes I checked it and left a comment there.