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The Gerhard Machine, a demonstration

The Gerhard Machine The Gerhard Machine is an audio manipulation application for Mac and Windows that reconstructs some of the limitations of Gerhard’s original studio. This video will provide a …

Further Listening

There are several other examples of electronic music archives, all of which are worth checking out and seeing how they are similar to or different from the Roberto Gerhard Digital …

Summary

Congratulations on reaching the end of the course! We hope that you’ve enjoyed the last four weeks, and that you’ve developed a new insight into how historical narratives are formed …

Things we ultimately don’t know

Listening Exercise Of course, by the time the tapes made it to an archive both Roberto and Poldi had passed away. While Poldi had undertaken a massive job of documenting …

Selections from the archive!

The Roberto Gerhard Digital Archive is big. While we’ve tried to make it as easy to navigate and find interesting things as possible, here are some items we’d recommend as …

Emerging narratives from the archive

There are several important elements of Gerhard’s life that the archive has helped us gain a better understanding of. Electronic Music Most importantly, the Roberto Gerhard Digital Archive provides us …

Processes for creating the digital archive

The process of creating the archive can be broken down into several sub-tasks – audio preparation, the creation of metadata, and indexing this information in meaningful ways. Audio processing The …

How the tapes were digitised

Process The reel-to-reel tapes located in the Roberto Gerhard Archive at the Cambridge University Library were digitised with a reel-to-reel tape player. Prof. Adkins worked with two research assistants for …

Purpose of archiving

What is an archive? As we go about our lives, we undertake actions which result in traces of these actions. Not unlike a dinosaur leaving an impression in the ground …

Challenges of archiving

Archives provide a valuable resource for researchers and are essential in developing and refining our collective knowledge. However, there are a number of challenges to managing or cataloguing an archive …

Benefits and challenges of digitisation

There are significant benefits to the conversion of archive resources from physical media into digital media. However, there are also some complications with such processes that need to be kept …

Further Listening

For further listening this week, it depends on what element of Roberto Gerhard’s music most interests you. If you are interested in his acoustic compositions, then I’d recommend the following …

Summary

Congratulations on reaching the end of week 3! This week we’ve looked at the figure of Roberto Gerhard, an example of a composer of electronic music in England during the …

Gerhard’s Process

Like a commander… In working with magnetic tape Gerhard was aware that he was adopting different working methods from those he normally employed when working in the instrumental realm, and …