CSIRAC: The First Computer Music

No, this isnt the control panel for some WWII era drum machine, but it's not that far off. CSIRAC was Australias first digital computer and possibly the first computer used to play music. Although its output was pretty crude, even by the standards of 1950's electronic music, it was a good few years ahead of its time. This is a pdf link to an much more in-depth article from the Spring 2004 issue of the Computer Music Journal.


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Heh, not usually into the yobbo oi thing either, but I'm in the States at the moment and was feeling home sick :)

On Aus: though there's still alot of cool stuff being done (like Frostwave's Modular Analog Effects, Robin Whittle's DevilFish TB-303 mods, and even Lake Technology, it's not like back in the day:

* The first polyphonic digital sampling synthesiser was the Australian-produced Fairlight CMI which was first available in 1979.

* According to Switched On
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In 1967 the Australian composer Don Banks was living and working in London. He approached three friends and colleagues who had been building their own electronic instruments, for advice on electronic music. Don was aware of modular systems such as the Moog and wished to begin experimenting with electronic music, but access to and affordability of these types of modular systems was prohibitive. Peter Zinovieff, David Cockerell, Tristram Cary and Don Banks continued this meeting at the pub where it was agreed they would build Banks a useful synthesiser for £50. The EMS VCS 1 is the result of that venture into designing and building a useful and portable electronic music synthesiser.
 
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Beer Brewing Equipment Basic, simple, cheap equipment that gets the job done. Sometimes it adds to the challenge. But through the mystique of brewing and remember that illiterate alewives brewed for centuries using tried and true recipes and procedures before the dawn of kegerators, ph meters or hydrometers.

Beer Keg Brewing. After using bottles for years, you can jump to the corny keg (Cornelius keg). This is an important step because it makes brewing so much easier. You can still bottle, but just a few bottles per batch, and use a corny keg to fill the bottles. You can use corny kegs as secondary fermenting vessels. You can try out method where you leave the beer in the primary for about two weeks until it clears nicely, and then UPI carefully siphon it over to a corny, avoiding transferring any trub.
 
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