MATRIXSYNTH: The Tone Generation

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Tone Generation

Note: these are long, so you might want to bookmark this one for when you have time.
You might remember The Tone Generation from this post when the program was first announced. In short, it is a radio series on the history of electronic music. Thanks goes to this post on Califaudio for reminding me of the series. The next program will feature the RCA synthesizer. I am now subbed and will post when it comes in.

Update: if you prefer to download these as mp3s for the road or other, you can find them here.

The Tone Generation - Show 1 Great Britain

The Tone Generation - Show 2 France

The Tone Generation - Show 3 Germany

The Tone Generation - Show 4 Italy

The Tone Generation - Show 5 Holland and Belgium

The Tone Generation - Show 6 Scandanavia

The Tone Generation - Show 7 Eastern Europe

The Tone Generation - Show 8 America

The Tone Generation Show 9 - Canada

The Tone Generation Show 10 - The Rest of the World

The Tone Generation Programme 11 - Expo 58

"Adding to the original 10 part Tone Generation series, this special World's Fair edition focusses exclusively on electronic music aired at Expo 58, and was first broadcast as part of the Oscillatomium programme live from the Atomium in Brussels in October 2008, organised by"

The Tone Generation Programme 12 - The RCA Synthesizer

"This special 45 minute edition examines the leviathan synthesizer introduced by RCA engineers in 1955, and features electronic sounds created only with the Mark 1 and 2 machines. Included are tracks composed by Otto Leuning, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen."


  1. these have been great...more folks need to learn about this history of electronic music. it didnt start in the 80s or 90s....some amazing recordings from back in the day if you can handle abstract avant stuff its a must list too

  2. Thanks or posting this, I've been listening to it for days, Hugh LeCaine is one of the main reasons I make electronic music. I had a friend in college who was an Opera singer and she sent me an MP3 of The Burning Deck by LeCaine and it changed my life.



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