Exhibition showcasing legacy of electronic music and analogue machines launches virtually

Art & Culture

An exciting new exhibition Music, Makers and Machines has launched online. A showcase of the evolution of electronic music has been collated by archivists in collaboration with Google to tell the story behind some of the genre’s innovators past and present. There’s curated content and contributions from the likes of the Bob Moog Foundation and the Museum of Youth Culture. 

The exhibition includes an array of virtual 3D models of influential machines which helped mould the sounds of the present including the Roland TR808, Arp Odyssey and MPC. There are exclusive insights into some of the most important studios in electronic music such as the CAN studios in Cologne and The Pierre Henry Studio in Paris. Featured content comes in archival material telling the story of London’s forgotten clubs, nineties Berlin, Factory Records, Grime, Dubstep and on the legacy of rave flyers. 

Jamie Brett of the Museum Youth Culture spoke about the project with us:  “As an emerging Museum of Youth Culture, working with Google Arts & Culture has been an fantastic way to tease out and shed light on some of the incredible stories of electronic music history held within our archive. From local histories of northern British ravers in the 1980s to the iconic and unsung flyer designers of yesteryear, youth culture and electronic music is a major, yet largely unprotected piece of our cultural fabric. Working with an archive of over 170,000 photographs, objects and ephemera, it’s our core mission to ensure that this history is conserved, designated and released back to the public in the form of engaging, diverse and relatable stories – and that’s why ‘Music, Makers & Machines’ has been a vital project to work on, fusing archival material with Google’s Tech innovation such as 360 exhibitions, Streetviews and YouTube integrations, all helping bring our youth culture stories to life.”

Check Music, Makers and Machines here