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Over the last 200 years our world has been transformed by the march of technology - and that's been reflected in music as much as anywhere. In this series, conductor Marin Alsop explores music inspired by, and using, the new technology. She starts today with the steam engine.

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20041003

Part One

Over the last 200 years our world has been transformed by the march of technology - and that's been reflected in music as much as anywhere. In this series, conductor Marin Alsop explores music inspired by, and using, the new technology. She starts today with the steam engine. Music includes railway pictures by Villa-Lobos, Johann Strauss and Honegger, factory soundscapes in Fred Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues and Alexander Mosolov's Iron Foundry, and Elgar's evocation of a translatlantic liner.

20041010

2/4. Conductor Marin Alsop continues her exploration of music inspired by the march of technology. Today's music includes cityscapes from Vaughan Williams, Copland, Charles Ives and Charles Chaplin, telecommunications with Johann Strauss, Arthur Sullivan and Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone, and photographs from the collections of Philip Glass and Kurt Weill.

20041017

3/4. Planes, no trains, but plenty of automobiles. In today's programme of music inspired by technology, conductor Marin Alsop takes a spin in Fred Converse's Model "T" Ford, and takes to the skies with William Walton, Samuel Barber and Marc Blitzstein's Airborne Symphony. Plus newspaper adverts set to music, and the world's first electronic instruments: the spooky theremin, the serene ondes martenot and the boppy trautonium.

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4/4. Conductor Marin Alsop ends her series of music inspired by the march of technology by coming bang up to date, taking in space travel, nuclear power, the synthesiser and the mobile phone, before whizzing off on a motorbike with Swedish composer Jan Sandström and an amazing gang of trombonists.

20041024

4/4. Conductor Marin Alsop ends her series of music inspired by the march of technology by coming bang up to date, taking in space travel, nuclear power, the synthesiser and the mobile phone, before whizzing off on a motorbike with Swedish composer Jan Sandström and an amazing gang of trombonists.

01The Steam Engine20041003

Music includes railway pictures by Villa-Lobos, Johann Strauss and Honegger, factory soundscapes in Fred Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues and Alexander Mosolov's Iron Foundry, and Elgar's evocation of a translatlantic liner.

01The Steam Engine20041003

Music includes railway pictures by Villa-Lobos, Johann Strauss and Honegger, factory soundscapes in Fred Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues and Alexander Mosolov's Iron Foundry, and Elgar's evocation of a translatlantic liner.

0220041010

Today's music includes cityscapes from Vaughan Williams, Copland, Charles Ives and Charles Chaplin, telecommunications with Johann Strauss, Arthur Sullivan and Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone, and photographs from the collections of Philip Glass and Kurt Weill.

0220041010

Today's music includes cityscapes from Vaughan Williams, Copland, Charles Ives and Charles Chaplin, telecommunications with Johann Strauss, Arthur Sullivan and Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone, and photographs from the collections of Philip Glass and Kurt Weill.

03Planes, No Trains, But Plenty Of Automobiles20041017

In today's programme of music inspired by technology, conductor Marin Alsop takes a spin in Fred Converse's Model "T" Ford, and takes to the skies with William Walton, Samuel Barber and Marc Blitzstein's Airborne Symphony.

Plus newspaper adverts set to music, and the world's first electronic instruments: the spooky theremin, the serene ondes martenot and the boppy trautonium.

03Planes, No Trains, But Plenty Of Automobiles20041017

In today's programme of music inspired by technology, conductor Marin Alsop takes a spin in Fred Converse's Model "T" Ford, and takes to the skies with William Walton, Samuel Barber and Marc Blitzstein's Airborne Symphony.

Plus newspaper adverts set to music, and the world's first electronic instruments: the spooky theremin, the serene ondes martenot and the boppy trautonium.