Old school electronica

Philips, the company that brought us the cassette, the compact disc and the DVD, researched the possibilities of electronic music in 1956.

Acoustic engineer Dick Raaijmakers was asked to make a tune with Philips' electronic equipment to show what was technically possible. Using more than 10 professional recorders he made dubs and sound-effects by cutting, layering and splicing tape.

The results were impressive, even now his first commercial track Song of the Second Moon from 1957 still sounds cool. Raaijmakers worked under the pseudonym Kid Baltan, which was his work-nickname reversed (NatLab Dick).

From Boing Boing