Main: Classic Electronica feat. Mort Garson

Today, we present a pro­gramme of clas­sic elec­tron­ic music from a wide range of artists rang­ing for­ward from the begin­nings of the genre. And in this pro­gramme we’ll be fea­tur­ing a lit­tle-known album from 1976 by elec­tron­ic music pio­neer Mort Gar­son: Moth­er Earth­’s Plan­ta­sia.

If you pur­chased a snake plant, aspara­gus fern, peace lily, or what have you from Moth­er Earth on Mel­rose Avenue in Los Ange­les (or bought a Sim­mons mat­tress from Sears), you also took home Plan­ta­sia, an album record­ed espe­cial­ly for plants. Sub­ti­tled “warm earth music for plants…and the peo­ple that love them,” it was full of bucol­ic, charm­ing, ston­er-friend­ly, decid­ed­ly unsci­en­tif­ic tunes enact­ed on the new-fan­gled device called the Moog. Plants date back to the dawn of time, but appar­ent­ly, they loved the Moog, nev­er mind that the syn­the­siz­er had been on the mar­ket for just a few years. Most of all, the plants loved the dit­ties made by com­pos­er Mort Gar­son.”

You can find out more about this album — and buy a copy of the mul­ti-for­mat 2019 reis­sue — here.

In addi­tion, you’ll hear Wendy Car­los, the BBC Radio­phon­ic Work­shop, Dis­sevelt & Bal­tan, an IBM 7090 com­put­er, Lar­ry Fast’s Syn­er­gy, Tan­ger­ine Dream, 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 (by and large).


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Please click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

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