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Music technology – BBC computer – UMI sequencer at the museum technology bbc



The Norwegian Technical Museum (the NTM) opened a permanent exhibition of old music technology. You get to see piano’s playing “themselves”, the old echo machines and a lot of old gadgets. You can see the old organs, the Mellotron, a Yamaha DX7 synth played by the Norwegian group a-ha, and a rather EXOTIC computer/sequencer system called the UMI. The BBC microcomputer model B and the UMI 2B sequencing system was used by a lot of British musicians (notably Vince Clarke, Erasure, Blancmange, Alan Tarney etc.) in the early eighties. It was also used extensively by the Norwegian group Bel Canto (Anneli Drecker and Nils Johansen). One senior UMI user donated his rare BBC model B with a UMI interface and a monitor/floppy disk drive to the museum.

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People who live in (Oslo) Norway should visit this exhibition, to experience stuff like a piano owned by the Norwegian royals. It “played itself”. They can also watch the echo machine used to record the old Norwegian number one hit song “The Main Island” (“Hovedøen”) with famed artist/entertainer Kari Diesen. In fact, they can also check out the equipment used to make Norway’s FIRST sound recording, and of course they can make music themselves or play the Theremin’s.

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People from other countries will have to enjoy this video. All images and sounds are from the exhibition and the recording was done (by me) on a Nokia N82 phone. Funny, I was once a UMI user. Today I can “record” on a device which fits in my pocket. How time flies (*sigh*). I belong at that museum myself.

Recording date: July 20th 2009
Recorded objects: Old music technology – permanent exhibition
Recording location: The NTM, Oslo, Norway
Recording gadget: The Nokia N82 .

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6 thoughts on “Music technology – BBC computer – UMI sequencer at the museum technology bbc”

  1. hah why would you put the cs80 in the open and the dx7 behind a glass….
    whatever you do dont touch the dx7!!! its worth almost 200 bucks!!!

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