Wednesday 29 April 2015

Philips Technisch Tijdschrift jaarg. 19, no 9 -1957- (SP, Philips), Netherlands

This single is one of the first examples of electronic music from The Netherlands and was made at the Philips company in Eindhoven, a city in the south of The Netherlands. Philips was one of the first companies to create a scientific lab devoted to the creation of electronic music. They were also the company that created the Compact Audio Cassette.

In the late fifties Philips' Natlab was a place where composers like Dick Raaymakers, Tom Dissevelt and Henk Badings were experimenting with tape loops and electronic sound generators. All this futuristic electronic music has been rediscovered over the last decades and has even been re-released. Make sure you find the Fantasy In Orbit and Song of The Second Moon albums on the web (better on vinyl).

This particular record was published to accompany a "technical magazine" by Philips which they published regularly in those times. The first piece on this vinyl is called "Elektronische Muziek", Klankvoorbeelden, which means "Electronic Music", Sound examples. The creator is unknown and this piece hasn't been reissued as far as I know. The second side is an excerpt of Henk Badings' Kain en Abel, created for Ballet, which is to be found on multiple collections of this music coming from the Philips music archives.

Get this historical document of electronic music HERE

Donated by Kim


  1. Many thanks for this - Dick Raaymakers, Kid Baltan, Tom Dissevelt and Henk Badings were absolute pioneers of the electronic sound and I love everything I have heard by them - so really looking forward to this one.

    I 'discovered' your blog via DIEORDIY2 and I am very happy I have done so already.