Cybernetic Serendipity Music

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* Re-Issue of ICA’s Cybernetic Serendipity Music compilation.
* Originally released in 1968
* Contains reproduction of the original artwork
* Release date: 2014

The Vinyl Factory are excited to announce the reissue of the ICA’s ground-breaking compilation Cybernetic Serendipity Music, originally released in 1968 to coincide with their exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity, which proved to be a landmark in the history of audio/visual art, and the first exhibition of its kind in the UK devoted to the relationship between music and early computers.

Both unique and extraordinarily influential, Cybernetic Serendipity Music captured a nascent scene on the cusp of a synth-led electronic revolution and was the only compilation of its kind to bring together the musicians, composers and inventors pushing the boundaries of early computer music on one record, a good six years before Kraftwerk’s Autobahn changed modern music for ever.

It documented a frontier spirit where pre-eminent composers John Cage and Iannis Xenakis rubbed shoulders with the likes of Peter Zinovieff, the founder of EMS and inventor of the game-changing VCS3 synthesizer, with music that was either composed by computers or, in Zinovieff’s case, even performed by them.

To mark their forthcoming archival exhibition of Cybernetic Serendipity in the Institute’s Fox Reading Room this autumn, The Vinyl Factory are teaming up with the ICA to reissue Cybernetic Serendipity Music on vinyl for the first time since 1968, faithfully reproducing the artwork – taken from one of Peter Zinovieff’s visual scores – housed in a Garrod & Lofthouse-style sleeve in an edition of 500 copies.



A1. Lajaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson – Illiac Suite (Experiment 4)
A2. John Cage – Cartridge Music (excerpt)
A3. Iannis Xenakis – Strategie (excerpt)
A4. Wilhelm Fucks – Experiment Quatro-Due
A5. J.K. Randall – Mudgett (excerpt)

B1. Gerald Strang – Compusition 3
B2. Haruki Tsuchiya – Bit Music (excerpt)
B3. T.H. O’Beirne – Enneadic Selections
B4. Peter Zinovieff – January Tensions
B5.. Herbert Brün – Infraudibles