Photos: Colossus finds its voice
The bleeps and beeps of the world's earliest computers are being crafted into electronic riffs for a 21st century music concert.
The codebreaking computer used in World War II, the Colossus Mark II, and vintage machines--ranging from the 1960s' Elliott 803 to the 1980s' BBC Micro--will sing again as part of the Obsolete project, which is using early computers to make electronic music.
Next week, musician Matthew Applegate, aka Pixelh8, will fuse the simple sounds produced by early computer hardware into tonal tunes in two concerts at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, England, home of the World War II code breakers.
Applegate, who has worked with former Blur frontman Damon Albarn, hopes Obsolete will put the spotlight on the U.K.'s computing heritage and the tech treasures within The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley.
Here Applegate shows off the Elliott 803 and its myriad buttons.
March 13, 2009 10:20 AM PDT
Photo by: John Robertson
| Caption by: Nick Heath
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