The First Issue of Time Out Magazine Listed an Electronic Music Gig Way Back In 1968

By Kat Hannaford on at

Time Out is one of those magazines you probably dip in and out of, but did you know the first issue, published in 1968, had an "electronic music" section? Yes, while Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull were the headline acts that August, Time Out's listed just one "computer music" event for that fortnight -- a concert of taped music from the Experimental Music Studio, situated in the University of Illinois.

Fans of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on The Mall near Charing Cross shouldn't be too surprised to learn the concert took place there, though prices were just a bit lower than what we'd expect to pay nowadays for such a treat.

What interests me the most (apart from the inclusion of a Puppets section with three different marionettes shows that fortnight) is that the Arts Council was conducting research into electronic music way back in 1968, and had requested information about electronic music studios across the country. With the council still throwing their weight behind these strange blips and bloops (not least with the AV festival), I wonder what that 43-year-old survey would've turned up?

If you do get the time, definitely check out the scanned-in issue of the first-ever Time Out, which you can see over here: [Time Out pdf via Time Out]