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Early British electronic music by Malcolm Pointon to be released for the first time

Electromuse compiles homemade recordings from the 1970s onwards

The Public Information label returns after a two year break with a long awaited collection of works by the composer, circuit wizard and Practical Electronics contributor Malcom Pointon. Pointon, who died in 2007, was one of a clutch of early DIY synthesists in the UK discussed by Ian Helliwell in The Wire 362. He worked on producing music programmes for the BBC’s Third Programme for the mid-60s onwards before founding an electronic studio at Homerton College in Cambridge.

The collection's title is taken from a series of articles he wrote for Practical Electronics about electronic music with projects for the amateur enthusiast. Symbiosis, the centrepiece of this new collection, was a piece designed for the homemade Minisonic synthesizer, and a score for the composition was included in the original magazine.

Pointon died in 2007, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of just 51. A 1999 documentary Malcolm And Barbara: A Love Story examined their day to day struggle with the disease. Profits from Electromuse have been promised for Alzheimer's Society.

Subscribers to the magazine can read Ian Helliwell's article about early DIY synthesists via our online archive.