Modern music is pretty much all synthesised, or at least comprises digital reproductions of recordings of acoustic sounds and yet this development was very much a twentieth-century phenomenon. This post comprises a whistlestop tour from early electric light bulbs through vacuum tubes to modern electronic circuitry, Oscar, Sala, Brian Eno, the too often overlooked Wendy Carlos, and on to the modern day with many a window shopping stop along the way.

For the fourth time running, the vLex International Law & Technology Writing Competition has returned.  Student everywhere are invited to write a 1000-word blog-style article on one of three topics.  The winner will win £1,500 and a 3-month internship at …

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Christmas just came early, with these two new presents for History, Culture, Media and Creative Technology students: Bloomsbury Cultural History and Faculti.  Sadly, the Christmas tree has not come early, although we are having the twinkling lights used to decorate it …

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Interested in getting up to speed with engineering research?  Try the Engineering Academic Challenge: an immersive interdisciplinary problem-set based competition built around 5 trans-disciplinary themes including the future of energy, manufacture and medicine.  The first problem-set will go live in two weeks …

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Thomson Reuters have announced the Web of Science video challenge: submit a short, innovative, high quality video showcasing your work and how you are using Web of Science to support it by 30 June and you could win one of five $100 Visa gift cards. …

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We are delighted to announce free trial access to the ICE Science Collection until 30th September 2016, giving us access to 5 academic journals covering a wide range of disciplines containing over 400 papers.  Click the links to read: Bioinspired, Biomimetic and …

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The making of Avatar by Jody Duncan & Lisa Fitzpatrick This week’s Book of the Week is about one of the most famous films of the past few years.  In 1995, James Cameron began working on a story that would, …

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Looking for something entirely different, we’ve just come across this pedal powered site: http://road.cc/ which cyclists might find interesting. Lots of fascinating stuff including some Dutch students who are close to creating a 3D printed bicycle that anyone should be …

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