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Researchers at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, have restored what is claimed to be the earliest recording of computer-generated music, created by modern computing patriarch Alan Turing.

Sez The Grauniad:

“Alan Turing’s pioneering work in the late 1940s on transforming the computer into a musical instrument has been largely overlooked,” they said.

The recording was made 65 years ago by a BBC outside-broadcast unit at the Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, England.

The machine, which filled much of the lab’s ground floor, was used to generate three melodies; God Save the King, Baa, Baa Black Sheep, and Glenn Miller’s swing classic In the Mood.

But when UC professor Jack Copeland and composer Jason Long [pictured above] examined the 12-inch (30.5cm) acetate disc containing the music, they found the audio was distorted.

“The frequencies in the recording were not accurate. The recording gave at best only a rough impression of how the computer sounded,” they said. They fixed it with electronic detective work, tweaking the speed of the audio, compensating for a “wobble” in the recording and filtering out extraneous noise.

“It was a beautiful moment when we first heard the true sound of Turing’s computer,” Copeland and Long said in a blogpost on the British Library website.

Beeps and boops streamable above.

First recording of computer-generated music – created by Alan Turing – restored

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Loner Deluxenew “cassingle” Long Shore Drift

What you may need to know…

01. Since the last time we stopped in with Rusted Rail Records jefe Keith Wallace, he’s put together a third in a series of digital “cassingles” under the pseudonym Loner Deluxe.

02. Entitled Long Shore Drift, the whole enterprise was inspired by a trip to a remote island off the west coast, and slowly developed from there into tunes for imagined, abandoned spaces.

03. Streaming above is the video for lead-off track Moon Dunes, animated by Galway studio Tiny Epics. It’s a sequel to Deluxe’s last vidjo.

04. Long Shore Drift is streaming and available for download now at Rusted Rail’s Bandcamp.

VERDICT: Beatsier than previous outings, but with no less emphasis on spacey noises or atmosphere.

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Tenronew single from electronic power-duo

What you may need to know…

01. Tenro ply an oddly trippy, contemplative ambient electronica, busy, yet sparse.

02. Comprised of Marc Aubele (Nanu Nanu, Bell x1) and Brian Conniffe (CatscarsNurse With Wound), the duo have been slowly working on their debut full-length inbetween live appearances and cryptic social media postings.

03. Streaming above is single Vimana, replete with suitably psychedelic (and possibly not for the light-sensitive) visual accompaniment.

04. The duo’s debut album comes out through Little Gem Records next month.

VERDICT: Fragments of recognisable musical reference points abound, but escape the grasp as quickly as the next one appears. These lads aren’t for pigeonholing, and all the better for it.

Tenro

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SKYMASnew single ‘No Easy Way Out’

What you may need to know…

01. SKYMAS are a Belfast electronic/rock duo comprised of Martin Corrigan and Nick Todd.

02. Emerging in 2013, the band have slowly been releasing a series of singles that have begun to bring them to the attention of Northern music media, including The Thin Air, who’ve called them “an act that aim straight for the sonic jugular”.

03. Above is streaming audio of the new single, as premiered on TTA’s website.

04. Available for download now via Amazon Music, with another single and attendant live engagements to follow later this year.

VERDICT: Like early Therapy?’s big-beat moments, welded to the grooves, riffs and rhetoric of Nine Inch Nails. For those who are so inclined.

SKYMAS

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OSTNew single from Limrock soloist’s third album

What you may need to know…

01. Artist and musician Shane Harrington’s OST project continues his ongoing observations of life in New York City, and his own internal monologues.

02. After moving to New York from Limerick in 2011, Harrington released debut album Invisible Ink for Sketching Ghosts the following year, and followed up with last year’s drone-inflected Dreams During Hibernation full-length.

03. Streaming above is new single Homeless, the first from album #3, Uncaused, releasing September 19 on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. Pre-orders available now.

04. Harrington relates some of his experience with collaboration on this record:

“Guitars, bass, sequencers, synths, organ, engineering and mixing were all handled by myself. This contributed to the lengthy time it took to finish the album. Drums were played by Zoe Black, a homeless (at the time of recording) percussionist from Japan, who has since left New York.

“She was living out of a suitcase near Tompkins Square park when I met her and I feel she has elevated the songs with her unique jazz-influenced style. The final track contains a field recording of her singing with a gospel choir in Prospect Park. I do not know the name of the song, nor do I know what became of her.”

Verdict: Doing away with sampling completely has entirely changed Harrington’s trajectory, resulting in bare-bones, jazzy, post-rock excursions like this. This record could be one of the year’s sleeper faves.

OST

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I Am the Cosmosnew single and launch gig this weekend

01. Ross Turner and Cian Murphy are Dublin electronic duo I Am the Cosmos.

02. 2013’s debut album Monochrome was an impressive statement of intent, and made off with Nialler9’s Album of the Year. They’ve kept appearances scarce since, but have signed a publishing deal with magnates Faber Music.

03. Streaming above is the band’s new single Letting It Go, released earlier this month via Happy Valley Records digitally and on 7″.

04. Launch show goes down tomorrow night at the Bello Bar in Dublin. Support from Padraig Moore and a DJ set from the good folk behind culture blog/collective This Greedy Pig. A tenner in, tickets available here.

Verdict: Minimal, yet spacey electronica with a stern-faced, almost post-punk sensibility.

I Am the Cosmos

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Solar BearsWild Flowers

What you may need to know…

01. Released a week or two ago by Rob da Bank’s independent label Sunday Best, Wild Flowers marks the return after a three-year hiatus of Dublin/Wicklow electronica duo Solar Bears.

02. Comprised of Rian Trench and John Kowalski, the duo have previously been signed to the  Planet Mu label, with publishing through legendary electronic label Warp. They’re currently preparing their third full-length, Advancement, due on Friday March 18.

03. The Wild Flowers vid was directed by Michael Robinson, who’s previously done promos for Bibio, The Go! Team, and Ronika.

04. To make up for their extended live absence, and to prepare for said upcoming LP, the lads have recorded a fantastic live set of nearly an hour’s worth of new material, for Boiler Room’s Upfront sessions. Stream and download it for free.

Verdict: Simply put: welcome back, Solar Bears. We’ve missed you. Now hurry on and get the new LP out.

Solar Bears

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Sounds Of A System Breakdown – Punishing Love

What you may need to know

01. London-resident Dublander Rob Costello, alongside collaborators Ed Costello and Richy Kelly, form the live electronic collective known as Sounds of System Breakdown. Rather than do the whole static laptop-and-beardstroking bit, the band exist in the physical space, swapping instruments and generally giving it socks.

02. They’re somewhat of a veteran outfit by now, together/active in some form since 2008. New EP Punishing Love (title track streaming above) is their first release since August 2014’s Giving Up single, also included on the EP. Vinyl pops and clicks pockmark a steady mover of a tune, strong beats underpinning a stark yet layered soundscape.

03. The video was directed by the good folk at FailSafe Films, and has a novel twist on the whole “dancer in video” trope – it was filmed at a Strictly Come Dancing night at St. Patrick’s GFC, in Lordship, Co. Louth. It follows Jade and Christopher’s quest to bring home first prize, a beautifully-realised look at small-town life, teamwork, and developing partnerships.

04. No announced live dates in support of the EP just yet, but, oh, look: it’s out on limited edition 12″ vinyl. Get that here. It’s also up on iTunes and Bandcamp for download, and on Spotify for those so inclined.

Verdict: Much to be loved here by fans of electronic, indie, ambient and post-rock. A multifaceted outfit showcases a multifaceted sound.

Sounds of System Breakdown