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Raising funds for The National Museum of Computing and the Bletchley Park Trust

An album of authentic electronica created by software programmers is being released to help start a programming club for young people at The National Museum of Computing and to raise money to fund parent-child maths workshops at the Home of the Codebreakers.

Music By Programmers pays tribute to early electronic music pioneers including Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream. Creator Jason Gorman, who, in his spare time, releases music under the name Apes With Hobbies, says “It's very much in the style of ‘classic’ electronica of the 1970s and early 1980s, which would have been created using famous synthesizers like the Minimoog, Yamaha CS-80 and Oberheim SEM. But we’ve created all our tracks using software recreations of analogue synthesizers that model the circuitry with painstaking accuracy.”

The album has been mastered by engineer Steve at Nagasaki Sound in Las Vegas, who donated his time to make it sound as authentic as possible, with the aim of making the tracks sound as though they had all been recorded on magnetic tape, but entirely using software.

The fundraising target is £5,000 to help The National Museum of Computing start a regular computer programming club for young people, and to pay for a parent-child maths workshops at Bletchley Park, helping kids get to grips with maths and equipping parents – who might not have been mathematically talented themselves at school – to help their children with homework.

To complement and promote the Music by Programmers venture, TNMOC is creating a temporary display about the origins of computer music and will run programming workshops with computer music elements during the summer. The temporary display which opens on 4 May 2013 traces the origins and development of computer music from the 1950s and gives hands-on access to three vintage computer used to create music.

Jason said: “I strongly believe that Bletchley Park and TNMOC can play a pivotal role in inspiring future tech innovators, which is why I'm such a keen supporter.” In the past, Jason has produced a comedy benefit for Bletchley Park at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, called Boffoonery!, run training courses to raise money, encouraged around a hundred people to donate a day's pay (Work For Bletchley) and donated all the proceeds from the Software Craftsmanship conference.

Chris Monk, Learning Co-ordinator at TNMOC said: "We are very grateful to Jason and his colleagues for their novel and very apt fundraising initiative. TNMOC's learning programme for school groups is proving a huge success and we want to extend these sorts of activities into an out of school hours programming club for young people."

Tracks have been created by Jason, Chris Whitworth, Yuriy O’Donnell, Peter Camfield, Lance Walton and Brian P Hogan. Biographies and track notes can be found on www.musicbyprogrammers.com.

The download will be available from 29 April 2013 from CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Google Play, and every penny of the profits goes directly to the Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing. You can also pre-order on iTunes.

Notes To Editors

About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Google UK, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, the Drapers' Foundation, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm, and on Bank Holidays in spring and summer. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays and Sundays. There are often additional opening times for the public -- see the website or the iPhone app for updates. Educational and corporate groups are very welcome and possible on any day or evening by prior arrangement.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.

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About Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is the Home of the Codebreakers - where during World War Two top secret codebreaking work was carried out on behalf of the Allies. It is said that the work carried out at Bletchley Park helped shorten the war by as much as two years.

The Bletchley Park Trust was formed in 1992 to save the historic site from being lost to development. Bletchley Park has since opened to the public as a heritage site and museum. The present mission of the Trust is to preserve and develop Bletchley Park as a world-class museum, heritage site and education centre in order to enhance the understanding of the critical contribution of codebreaking and intelligence in World War II, the birth of computing and electronic security, and how these unique achievements remain relevant today. Details of the exhibitions, operating hours and events at Bletchley Park are available at www.bletchleypark.org.uk, together with details of admissions charges. Bletchley Park is open daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Bletchley Park Trust has initiated a major project to preserve the historic buildings on the site, to develop a world-class museum on codebreaking and the development of computers. Further investment is needed to bring these plans to fruition.

Contact: Katherine Lynch, Media Manager, 01908 272665, 07903 138806, klynch@bletchleypark.org.uk

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