Electronic Music: What happened when a tiara was swapped for a PDP mini computer in 1964

18 Aug

What the Future Sounded Like is a fascinating documentary about the beginnings of electronic music. Quirky insights:

Peter Zinovieff swapped his wife’s tiarra for a new PDP mini computer (£5000 at the time- circa 1964)!!!

” I was lucky in those days to have a rich wife and so we sold her tiarra and we swapped it for a computer. And this was the first computer in the world in a private house.” – Peter Zinovieff

The Tiara

The PDP Mini Computer

In 1967, the first concert of electronic music took place at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and it was given by a computer!

‘Partita for Unattended Computer’, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1967

These shoes also feature in the documentary. Does anyone know what they are!? Do they feature in a Pink Floyd video?

Here’s the documentary:

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One Response to “Electronic Music: What happened when a tiara was swapped for a PDP mini computer in 1964”

  1. caro c (@carosnatch) August 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    wow – great story! this one is new to me so thanks for sharing. look forward to checking out the documentary 🙂

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