The Holmes Archive of Electronic Music

The Holmes Archive of Electronic Music

Thom Holmes is your curator and guide to vintage electronic music recordings and audio experimentation. Drawing from his collection of vintage electronic music recordings spanning the years 1930-1985, each episode explores a topic or theme of historical interest. Holmes is the author of the book, Electronic and Experimental Music, sixth edition, 2020.

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July 12, 2024 116 mins

Episode 128

Terry Riley—Part 2, Solo Organ and Synthesizer Works

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Episode 127

Terry Riley—Analog Organ Works

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Episode 126

The Japanese Shigin Vocal Tradition—and Electronics

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1.     Mix of Susumu Yokota, “Saku” from Sakura (1999 Skintone) plus Abe Shũfu II, “Mount Fuji” from Music Of The Shigin: Chanting To Chinese Poetry (1975 Folkways). Album of electronic music from the...

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May 31, 2024 104 mins

Episode 125

Trippy Trance Music Origins, Part 2

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1.     Pete Namlook, “Power Supply II” from Namlook IV (1994 Fax +49-69/450464). “The music originated instinctively whilst being played live. There was no concept for the composition before, only a kaleidoscope of s...

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May 17, 2024 124 mins

Episode 124

Trippy Trance Music Origins

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The KLF, “What Time Is Love?” from What Time Is Love? (Pure Trance 1) (1988 KLF Communications). Kopyright Liberation Front (KLF), a duo comprised of Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond. Cauty was born in Devon, England; Drummond ...

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May 3, 2024 113 mins

Episode 123

Love Spells in Electronic Sound

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1.     Mystic Moods Orchestra, “Love Token” from Love Token (1969 Philips). Sound Effects, producer, sound director, Brad Miller; Vocals and vocal effects, The Mystic Moods.

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April 19, 2024 127 mins

Episode 122

Electronic Music for Babies

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1.     Raymond Scott, “Lullaby” (14:06) and “Sleepy Time” (4:25) from Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume I: 1 To 6 Months (1964 Epic). Monophonic recording. Mine includes the insert.

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Episode 121

Crosscurrents in Early Electronic Music of Canada, Part 2

 

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1.             John Mills-Cockell, “On The Heath” from A Third Testament (1974 True North). John Mills-Cockell is a Canadian composer from Toronto who was a very e...

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Episode 120

Crosscurrents in Early Electronic Music of Canada, Part 1

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1.    Hugh LeCaine, “Dripsody: An Etude For Variable Speed Recorder” (1955) from Anthologie De La Musique Canadienne / Anthology Of Canadian Music - Musique Électroacoustique; Elect...

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Episode 119

Phonographic Education—a Sound Collage

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Because this episode is a collage of recorded sounds, there are no start times for individual selections. Enjoy the collisions, densities, and words combined with music.

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    1.    Herbie Hancock, Herbie Hancock Demonstrates The Rhodes Piano (1973 Rhodes). A terrific flexi-disc produced by Rhodes and narrated by Hancock who tells an interesting story about his first encounter with the instrument on a Miles Davis session and then he walks the keyboard through a series of effects. ...

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    Episode 117

    Electronic Keyboards in Jazz, A Recorded History,

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    1.             Vernon Geyer, “Day After Day” from All Ashore / Day After Day (1938 Bluebird). Soloist, Hammond Electric Organ, Vernon Geyer.

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    February 4, 2024 110 mins

    Episode 116

    The Sounds of Motoring

     

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    For this episode, I created a soundscape based mostly on vintage recordings from the Archive of automobiles, trucks, construction equipmen...

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    January 27, 2024 114 mins

    Episode 115

    Radio Spirits in the Night

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    Onda, "Seoul"

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    Onda, “Köln”

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    Onda, Lewisburg”

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    Onda, “Wroclaw"

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    Holmes. “3 Open Windows, 1 Small Antenna”

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    1. Aki Onda, “Part 1” (18:16) and “Part 2” (19:04) ...
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    January 14, 2024 106 mins

    Episode 114

    Refined Noise

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    1. Claus Böhmler, “Klangundkrach, Part 1” from Klangundkrach (1996) (2014 Slowscan). Recorded in Hamburg 1996. Edition of 270 copies. Böhmler was a German visual artist, video maker, and sometimes music artist. His website contains a great sampling of his visual work, texts, and writing about his work. There a...
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    January 6, 2024 126 mins

    Episode 113

    More Electronic Music for Astral Tripping

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    1. Earthstar, “Part 1, Sirens” from French Skyline (1979 Sky records). Recorded at Klaus Schulze Studio, Hambühren, W. Germany in 1978 and 1979. Bass, Electronics, Norm Peach; Choir, Craig Wuest, Joan N., Marla T., Phil N.; Electric Guitar, Treated Guitar, Electronics (Tonewall), De...
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    Episode 112

    Merry Moog 2023

    Holiday Music Performed on the Moog and other Synthesizers

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    1. Sounds Of Broadcasting 1, “Christmas Logos” from Sounds Of Broadcasting #6088 (1975? William B. Tanner Company, Inc.). Broadcast library track produced for the holidays. Produced using a ...
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    November 18, 2023 146 mins

    Episode 111

    Before and After Ambient, Part 2

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    1. Midori Takada, “Mr. Henri Rousseau's Dream” from Through The Looking Glass (1983 RCA Red Seal). 高田みどり (Midori Takada) is a Japanese composer and percussionist. She was a key figure in the Japanese ambient movement of the 1980s. Composed, performed, produced, Marimba, Gong, Cowbell, Record...
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    November 12, 2023 129 mins

    Episode 110

    Before and After Ambient, Part 1

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    1. Erik Satie, “Vexations” (1893-94), First, we will hear two piano versions (1 and 4) of this short work that was intended to be played repeatedly in one sitting 840 times in succession. The piano version was performed by Jeroen van Veen on the album Satie, Complete Piano Music (2016 Brilli...
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    Episode 109

    Part 2 of The Distinctive Electronic Music of Oskar Sala and the Mixtur-Trautonium

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    1. Oskar Sala, “Elektronische Tanzsuite (Für Mixturtrautonium Solo Und Mixturorchester (Tonband) In Fünf Sätzen)” (1955) from My Fascinating Instrument (1990 Erdenklang). 24:28
    2. Oskar Sala, “Fantasie-Suite In Drei Sätzen Für Mixturtrautonium...
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