Electric idea for Bletchley Park fundraising

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An electronica album is being released to raise money to pay for parent-child maths workshops at Bletchley Park.

Music By Programmers, which pays tribute to electronica musicians Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream will also help start a programming club for young people at The National Museum of Computing.

Creator Jason Gorman, said: “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.”

The fundraising target is £5,000 to pay for 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. Proceeds will also be donated to The National Museum of Computing to start a regular computer programming club for young people.

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 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.” I

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 musicbyprogrammers.com.

The download will be available from April 29 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.