Philips Technisch Tijdschrift
Friday, 8 May 2009
Before you read any further, please listen to this:
Dirk Koorn delivered another plastic bag with vinyl! Most of the records (all 45’s) were left overs of a collection of a Surinam deejay. Many Kaseko records (which I am not very fond of), some late eighties soul and disco (which I am also not very fond of), but also a handful of exotic soul singles that I had never heard yet. It was a rather dirty pile, and the sleeves had water damage, but some of the records sound surprisingly good. Well, that is if you use my standards for sound quality; for people who are used listening to CD’s, scratchy records like these are probably not easy to enjoy. But this is music that is not available on CD; unless you and I collect this stuff, it will be lost forever. And that is a pity, because it is interesting and sometimes even good music. But more about the exotic soul records later, when I have all cleaned them and listened to them.
What you just heard is the sound of the Pascal computer calculating prime numbers. It is from a 45 that accompanied issue 4/5 of the Philips Technisch Tijdschrift from 1962. This 45 came without a sleeve, but Dirk found another record from this series that did have a sleeve:
Henk Badings was one of the Dutch pioneers in electronic music. The music that he and his colleagues made, is now slowly becoming available on CD; that is about time, because the records are very hard to find. On one side of the record are only sounds; no composition, only a collection of electronic sounds that Henk Badings used for his compositions. With this sound collection everybody can now be a retro-pioneer in this fascinating field! And of course, if anybody comes up with a composition made with these sounds, I will gladly put it up on this blog!