Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Adelaide Rave King Dead

The father of Techno and Hip Hop and the composer of the original Dr Who theme (thanks DoctorVee in comments) of electronic music for Doctor Who has died in Adelaide, aged 82.

The father of electronic music wore tweed jackets, had a refined English accent and smoked a pipe.

Tristram Cary, who has died in Adelaide, aged 82, came up with the idea of electronic and tape music while a naval radar officer during World War II.

He founded the electronic music studio at London's Royal College of Music in 1967 and, seven years later, migrated to Australia to establish a similar studio at the University of Adelaide

The Elder Conservatorium of Music head of music technology studies, Stephen Whittington, said Mr Cary's contribution to music was "impossible to quantify".

"He laid the foundations," Mr Whittington said today.

Where would the ecstasy market be without him? I wonder if they will have a rave instead of a wake?


Jayne said...

He doesn't quite fit the image, somehow!

OT - you should have a go at the Name That...Thing competition this week, I think you'll find it's right up your alley ;)

Nunyaa said...

If asked before reading this where techno and hip hop originated from, I would of ignorantly said USA.
I liked the old Dr. Who, Tom Pertwee.

Colin Campbell said...

My brother and I were scared of the Daleks and hid behind the couch.

John Pertwee m'dear.

Colin Campbell said...

He is about the same age as my Dad. I just don't associated techno and rap with that generation. He like Dame Nellie Melba, Caruso and Edith Piaf.

jmb said...

Well I hope he made his fortune but it's probably unlikely. I wonder what he thought of where it all progressed.

doctorvee said...

Sorry to break it, but the Doctor Who theme was composed by Ron Grainer (another Australian) and realised by Delia Derbyshire. I'm a fan of Delia Derbyshire so I couldn't let this past! :-) According to Wikipedia, Tristram Cary wrote music for Doctor Who, but it wasn't the theme tune.

Colin Campbell said...

Good work DoctorVee, but the Daleks were still scary.

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