Computer Music


Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July, 1pm to 5pm
Event over for this year, but watch out for speaking event in the autumn.


Computer Music


See our temporary exhibition on the history of computer music and get hands-on with four dedicated computer music systems, an Arduino-based sound sensor demonstration and interact with some simple music software of the 1980s with BBC Micros.

The music display was launched in May 2013 to support the Music By Programmers fundraising album. It traces the origins of computer music from the beeps made by the large systems of the 1950s, through the music software that became available for the consumer desktops of the 1980s, to some of the pioneering mathematical techniques used today. Visitors will also be able to experiment with music software on the popular BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and Acorn Archimedes computers, located alongside the display in TNMOC's highly popular PC Gallery.

Get hands-on with the development of computer music technology across four decades, in a temporary display exclusive to the Summer Bytes programme. Four dedicated computer music systems from the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s will be available for visitors to use to compose, experiment, and sequence their own music. Museum volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate these systems, and offer support and guidance to our visitors on their use. Visitors will also have the opportunity to preserve their musical creations, through having them digitally recorded and e-mailed to them!

Experience and explore the cutting-edge of computer and music technology through the use of an Arduino-based sound sensor demonstration, intended to make music more accessible to people with a range of disabilities. Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on with this demonstration and understand how concepts such as this encourage creativity and fun, at the same time as serving useful medical applications.

Take part in a variety of programming activities, using BBC Micros, in TNMOC's classroom. Visitors will be able to interact with some simple music software of the 1980s, as well as complete some of their own programs to get those Micros making lots of noise!


Entrance to The National Museum of Computing includes viewing and interacting with the Computer Music exhibits and activities.
Admission charges information (£5 maximum price).


No booking required for the Computer Music event.

If you are coming only to TNMOC, there is no need to pay the Bletchley Park Trust entrance fee (the Bletchley Park Trust is a separate organisation). Please come to the Bletchley Park main gate and indicate to the gate staff that your intention is to visit TNMoC only and you will be directed to the Museum in Block H.

Directions to TNMoC can be found by clicking here