Ever wondered how the ball got rolling with electronic music? Well it may very well have spurred from this exact song.
A piece of music that was discovered and restored by New Zealand based researchers may be the earliest piece of computer-generated music ever recorded.
As reported by The Guardian, the piece of music was built on a machine in 1951 by legendary computer-science figure Alan Turing and was recorded for the BBC at the Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, England, in collaboration with then-school teacher Christopher Strachey.
The recording itself is made up of covers of ‘God Save the King’, ‘Baa, Baa Black Sheep’, and Glenn Miller’s ‘In the Mood’. They sound fairly simple, but take into consideration that this was recorded over 60 years ago.
According to Engadget, “the researchers found that the notes had shifted in pitch because of the crude recording equipment used. The key to correcting it, as it turned out, was in the pitches that the computer couldn’t play. For instance, rather than playing a true G at 196 Hz, it could only do a decidedly sharp 198.41 Hz.”
An interesting point to take away from this is that after hearing the result of this experiment at the time, all Turing said to say was “Good show”. You’re quite right, Alan, electronic music is a good show, and it’s definitely grown since 1951!