Louis & Bebe Barron

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Louis & Bebe Barron

"[Barrons' music sounds like] a molecule that has stubbed its toes."
— From the Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 7 (1966-1974).

50’s electronica pioneers armed only with soldering irons, analogue circuitry and magnetic tape. Known for their “electronic tonalities” (The Musicians Union didn’t consider their work “music” and deined them membership.) to the classic SF film “Forbidden Planet “.

“We design and constructed electronic circuits which function electronically in a manner remarkably similar to the way that lower life-forms function psychologically. [. . .]. In scoring Forbidden Planet – as in all of our work – we created individual cybernetics circuits for particular themes and leit motifs, rather than using standard sound generators. Actually, each circuit has a characteristic activity pattern as well as a "voice". [. . .]. We were delighted to hear people tell us that the tonalities in Forbidden Planet remind them of what their dreams sound like”

Quoted from the sleeve notes of the Forbidden Planet soundtrack

Here is a link to a radio program about their work (great sample fodder) -


Check out more of their electro-cybentic sonic matter at Last FM –


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