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The Shape of Things That Hum

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The Shape of Things That Hum is a synthesizer documentary series that first aired by Channel 4 in the UK during 2001. The series focused on electronic instruments that helped shaped modern music, with every episode focusing on a specific instrument. The episodes were broadcast between 01.30am and 01.41am, and featured musicians talking about classic vintage synthesizers, including the DX7 that defined the sound of the 1980s.


Content Notes:
Mini Moog 00:12
Vocoder 09:45
DX7 20:19
Fairlight 30:27
Simmons 40:12
TB-303 50:27
TB-808 1.01.01
Akai Sampler 1.11.20
Type: Documentary
Year: 2001
Total Time: 1:30:00
Styles: Ambient, Experimental, Industrial, Progressive, Synth-Pop
Formats: Television
Liscense: Copyright
Mini Moog (15-01-2001) -
Cult Electronic Instruments That Helped To Shape Modern Music.

Vocoder (22-01-2001)
Developed As A Scrambling Device In World War Ii, Includes Interviews With Orbital And Rick Wakeman.

Dx7 (29-01-2001)
Synthesizer That Defined The Sound Of The 1980S. Interviews With Vince Clarke And Nick Rhodes.

Fairlight (05-02-2001)
Computer Based Snthesizer Offering Sampling, Digital Recording, Sequencing And Editing. Includes Nick Rhodes.

Simmons (12-02-2001) -
Includes Producer Arthur Baker Talking About Making "Planet Rock".

Roland Tb-303 (19-02-2001)
House Innovators Coldcut And Orbital Discuss The Roland 303 Synthesizer.

Roland Tb-808 (26-02-2001)
Includes Producer Arthur Baker, Plus Ray Keith Talks About The Importance Of The Bass.

Akai Sampler (05-03-2001)
Instrument That Helped Fuel The Rave Scene And The White Label Explosion
Producer: Jacques Peretti
Studio: Allied Forces
Distributor: BBC Channel 4
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