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Tristram Cary

Influential composer and founder of electronic music Tristram Cary sadly died last Thursday, in Adelaide, Australia at the age of 82.

His work appeared on early episodes of Doctor Who, and while he was known as the composer of classical music he also embraced the revolution brought about by electronics and synthesizers.

Cary is also particularly well known for his film and television music. As well as writing music for Doctor Who, he wrote the score for the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers (1955), Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971).

His pioneering attitude in the development of the electronic sound lead to his involvement with Bob Moog, and the development of the first portable synthesizer, while Cary also had the worlds first electronic studio built at the Royal College of Music, as well as version of it at his house in Suffolk which travelled to Australia when he emigrated there.


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