The Great Bleep Forward: The History of Electronic Music – The Selected Playlist

spotify-logo-6f9f4For those who enjoyed The Great Bleep Forward, the series on the history of electronic music, here’s a playlist of the best tracks featured on the documentary.

If you missed the documentary, it’s still available to stream or download here:
Part 1: The Pioneers
Part 2: Synths for the Masses
Part 3: The Advent of Dance Music
Part 4: The Home Computer Revolution 

The Great Bleep Forward: The History of Electronic Music – Part 4: The Home Computer Revolution

This is the fourth and final part of the Great Bleep Forward, a BBC 6 documentary series about the history of electronic music. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: The PioneersPart 2: Synths for the Masses, Part 3: The Advent of Dance Music.

music-bedroomThroughout the last quarter of the 20th century, technology kept making it easier for bands to make music. But it was the home computer that finally gave artists the ability to fully write, play, record and even distribute music entirely from their bedroom.

In this final part, Andrew Collins talks to the bands, including Air, Radiohead and The Chemical Brothers, who used the computer’s power to go beyond human capabilities and free themselves from the pression of the studio and the record labels. They discuss what technology changed in the bands’ relationship with their audience, the return to low-fi analog and the synthpop revival.

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The Great Bleep Forward – Part 4

The Great Bleep Forward: The History of Electronic Music – Part 1: The Pioneers

600full-kraftwerkIn this second documentary on WHA, we explore the history and development of electronic music through the ages, from the very first experiments to its democratisation and evolution towards more complex techniques. Andrew Collins introduces the people, not only musicians, who chose to break away from rock traditions, changing the way we make music for ever.

We start with the birth of electronic music and the invention of the first electronic instruments in the 19th and early 20th century. After being used and improved during decades by a handful of DIYers, they were progressively employed in pop music, notably by the Beatles, Pink Floyd or even Stevie Wonder. But while for these bands electronic music was just a novelty element to add to a song, one act in Germany chose to get rid of all the traditional instruments and reinvent the way popular music was conceived: Kraftwerk.

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The Great Bleep Forward – Part 1