What the Future Sounded Like

I’ve watched this documentary on EMS (Electronic Music Studios) every few months since I first discovered it. MAKE magazine blogged it a few days ago. I recently saw this awesome ad for the EMS VCS3 (below) at the excellent Issues Newsstand in Oakland, CA. Watch all three parts.

Comprised of pioneering electronic musicians Peter Zinovieff and Tristram Cary (famed for his work on the Dr Who series) and genius engineer David Cockerell, EMS’s studio was one of the most advanced computer-music facilities in the world. EMS’s great legacy is the VCS3, Britain’s first synthesizer and rival of the American Moog. The VCS3 changed the sounds of some of the most popular artists of this period including Brian Eno, Hawkwind and Pink Floyd.