From Radio New Zealand is These Hopeful Machines: "a six-part series in which James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music – and meets some of the people who made it happen."
There is some great stuff in each episode, with lots and lots of music:
- 1: Everything Audible in the World Becomes Material - Recording and electricity crack open the world of sound.
- 2: Raindrops In The Sun - New musics rise from the secret projects and surplus junk of World War II.
- 3: Fag ends and lollipops - Luciano Berio, Bruno Maderna, Italian Radio (Cary, Zinovieff, and Moog), and the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
- 4: I was Born to Synthesize - Early development of analogue synthesizers and their rapid spread through experimental composition, popular music, sound effects and advertising, and more.
- 5: Load Your Program. I am Yourself. - Born of war and raised on mainframes, computer music comes of age in the 70s and hits the charts thanks to the sampler.
- 6: A Dance To The Music of Time - Synthesizer bands of the 70s via hip hop and electronic dance music; laptops and the democratization of music production; what's next?
Don't miss the links, bibliography, and playlists toward the bottom of each episode's page. Really great, comprehensive resources.