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Composing with Tape Recorders: Musique Concrète for Beginners [pdf] (monoskop.org)
40 points by aturley 9 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments

Musique Concrète is the near ancestor of the West Coast school of synthesis, the Tape Music Center, Don Buchla, et al.

While I do not care much for MC, tape music or WC synthesis (more of a Moog guy myself), I do appreciate the work they did in breaking the mold when it comes to what's possible in synthesis.

And then there's the work of Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and all the crazy work they did on Dr. Who and other series, almost all in tape. Truly ground-breaking stuff that enriched the musical landscape.

In case you don't have a tape recorder at home, you can use this thing:


Or, if you can spend the cash, there's this most excellent plugin: https://u-he.com/products/satin/

There are other tape saturation plugins, a few even free, but this is the best I have found.

would recommend William Basinski - The Distintegration loops in this regard

or maybe the Tape-beatles http://www.ubu.com/sound/tape_beatles.html

Embarrassing promo ... we have a Memphis Concrète festival every year.

facebook.com/MemphisConcrete its this week!

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