Classic Electronica

Today, Elrik Mer­lin presents a pro­gramme of clas­sic elec­tron­ic music from a wide range of artists rang­ing for­ward from the begin­nings of the genre and fea­tur­ing tracks from the brand new album by British West Coun­try syn­the­sist Michael Law, The Sil­ver Path.

You’ll hear Tim Souster, Wendy Car­los, the BBC Radio­phon­ic Work­shop, Dis­sevelt & Bal­tan, an IBM 7090 com­put­er, Lar­ry Fast’s Syn­er­gy, Kraftwerk and many, many more. You’ll even hear the hilar­i­ous sounds of Per­rey and Kings­ley, two of the ear­li­est artists to use synths and record­ed sounds for melod­ic, rather than abstract, ends.

Tune in for an aston­ish­ing vari­ety of elec­tron­ic and musique con­crète sounds from both the pop­u­lar melod­ic and abstract avant-garde ends of the elec­tron­i­ca spec­trum, from the 1950s to the 1980s (and a lit­tle from just last week).

The ZBS Radio Hour

Join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time — 7pm or 2am (because of the time change) in the UK — for the final parts of our two clas­sic adven­ture series from ZBS Foun­da­tion — The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness at the top of the hour, fol­lowed by Ruby the Galac­tic Gumshoe’s sec­ond adven­ture.

Above: A Moog mod­u­lar syn­the­sis­er, one of the most famous of the ana­logue synths, intro­duced in the late 1960s.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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