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Wednesday, October 25 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Forgotten Futures / Forbidden Planet: Rediscovering the unheard recordings of Louis and Bebe Barron

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Most well-known for their pioneering electronic score to the science fiction film Forbidden Planet (1956), Louis and Bebe Barron’s experimental tape-based compositions and recordings spanned genres and decades. Over the past year, Wally De Backer (Gotye), David Barron, Volker Straebel, and Jessica Thompson have collaborated on the preservation of the Barron Archive, some 500 reel-to-reel tapes comprising masters, live performances, work tapes, work-for-hire recordings, and more. This group will discuss the technical challenges of working on experimental recordings dating back to the mid-1950s, the need to develop a lexicon to describe early electronic music, and Forgotten Futures plans to study and create access to these extraordinary recordings.

Forgotten Futures revives lost and forgotten artifacts of electronic music history by preserving original instruments, presenting the stories of their inventors, and bringing to light their cultural impact both from the time creation, and more importantly, how they can make an impression on our current and future cultural moments.


Aaron Rosenblum

Gotye, Forgotten Futures

Wednesday October 25, 2023 10:15am - 11:15am EDT