Listening to the music of Turing's computer


The earliest known recording of music produced by a computer - a machine operated by Alan Turing, no less - has finally been made to sound exactly as it did 65 years ago.

It starts with a few bars of the national anthem, then a burst of Baa Baa Black Sheep, followed by a rendition of Glenn Miller's swing hit In The Mood. The rudimentary audio track is a landmark - the first time that music played on a computer is known to have been recorded. It was captured by the BBC in the Autumn of 1951 during a visit to the University of Manchester, where the Ferranti Mark 1 - the world's first commercially available general purpose computer - was based.

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