Fixture | FR027
Edition of 150
Release Date: January 27, 2015
The Technical Academy plays -bØb- is a collection of twelve experimental compositions, improvised live by algorithmic bots in an Atari ST computer.
In 1991, an American computer programmer and pedal steel player known as -bØb- created The Technical Academy, an ensemble of musical bots, each with its own virtual instrument and set of human-like limitations. Connecting a rack synthesizer to his computer, -bØb- hit Return and then listened as The Technical Academy jammed together in real-time without human intervention. He recorded these performances live and unedited, eventually gathering his favourite pieces to form an album called The Technical Academy plays -bØb-, which he passed around to family and friends.
Twenty-four years after -bØb- created the bots, Fixture Records is reissuing The Technical Academy plays -bØb- as a limited-edition cassette tape and digital download. The reissue includes an 11-minute bonus track, a double-sided insert with reproductions of -bØb-'s original source code, and an illustrated zine of an interview with the artist.
*The first 30 copies came with a free cassette of Electro Media Mix, an unreleased album of -bØb-'s 1969 experiments using primitive electronics, homemade oscillators, and found sound.