Eric Siday – Musique Electronique


I wrote a little review on J. Matthews’ Electronic Music a while ago on this site. Here’s another very cool one that comes in the same pre-1968 library format, 78rpm microgroove. This one has the same title, be it in French, but it is 5 years earlier, from 1960. It’s by Eric Siday, an English composer who had a big career in the USA composing product jingles. He was the one who bought the second Moog synthesiser in 1964. Apparently he composed the occasional library tune too, or Impress simply bought the rights of these pieces.

Anyway, the six short tracks on this disc are pretty amazing. They hold some of the wildest electronic sounds – on par with Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan’s Song of the Second Moon from the same year (of which the original release in Holland was called – here we go again – Electronic Music). Like Dissevelt and Baltan, it’s not at all only about sounds, space and time. The compositions are, despite their short length, full of interesting melodies and have excellent build-ups. Magnetic Field and Communication are the most abstract, the latter being composed from morse code and space communication patterns. There’s the bitter sweet Sweet and Sad that’s all about melody. Mood Seven, a nocturnal suspense theme, is perhaps the most accomplished and has a sound with a wide range of colors that very much approached a chamber ensemble. Then there are two parts of the spectacular scifi miniature Conflict, very ominious and machine like.

Listen to Conflict No 2

68 Comments

  • Very nice. I also went ga-ga about the J Matthews tracks. Please expand on explanation of “pre-1968 library format”. Thanks.

  • Thanks. What I meant was that to my knowledge, these discs were made upto 1968. Would be interesting to know when the first library LP’s or 33 rpm 10″s came out.

  • That’s really greatg stuff, many thanks (I’ve been looking for this for a long time). E.S. was involved in prototyping and producing te very first Moogs:
    http://moogarchives.com/sitemenu.htm. If you could ever post the entire ep….

  • Small but perfectly formed it’s another beauty my man

  • Hey Milan

    If you like Eric Siday’s music, you should look for his stuff on Conroy label, as “The Ultra Sonic Perceptions” (early 60’s). Superb electronic music.

    MoogMan

  • Anybody out there ever hear of Don Voegeli’s “Oscillations” series of electronic library music for public radio stations? (I’m still trying to find “Oscillations 4″…)

  • Is this the chap who wrote the theme song for the ITV series ‘Out of this World?

  • oscillations 1-4 can be found here:
    pornotrond.blogspot.com

    cheers!

  • No, W., actually, he’s the chap who wrote the theme for NPR’s “All Things Considered”. And thank you again, Pornotrond, for finding that set!

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