The Imitation Archive

Client: The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park and The British Library

Sound Recordist and Composer: AudioGAMMA (Matt Parker)

A Sonic Archive of Computing Technology

Following a period of two months at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, AudioGAMMA sound artist Matt Parker recorded and archived over 100 sounds from the historic collection of computers within the museum. The Imitation Archive, was submitted to The British Library Sound and Vision Archive to act as a permanent repository of the sounds of 70 years of computing history, starting as far back as the first ever programmable digital computer, Colossus.

Composing the Archive

Using the archived materials, Matt composed ten unique pieces of musical composition that reflect his experiences of late nights and long days enveloped in the sounds of computer history as well as the stories behind the objects.

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