Brace for hyperbole: “The story I’m about to tell you is one of the most extraordinary tales of our time…” So begins our narrator, and with the hum of a modulating synth, we are off. Released forty years ago this fall, the BBC’s The New Sound Of Music aimed at documenting the history of recorded sound. Beginning with the advent of the mechanical barrel organ, its 48 minutes run-time not only connects emerging technologies with music, but their influence on its makers. See: Musique concrète.
Donning four-decades-omniscient goggles, the film proves an interesting watch in the rearview, as it wraps just shy of the dawn of the eighties–a decade that would fully embrace the nascent electronic music just taking shape in the latter half of the 1970s.
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