Is there a definitive list of music pop/rock bands/groups that included computer programs as part of their physical analogue audio music releases? (vinyl LPs, EPs, singles) etc?

For this to be possible, they would have used an established encoding process for recording programs on to tape, e.g. Kansas City Standard or variant, including CUTS.

Vinyl analogue audio music media would have sufficient audio frequency bandwidth and dynamic range to accomodate such recordings error free, I should think.

Such a concept of combining music audio and digital data on physical analogue media resembles the concept with the CD: where CD mixed mode and CD plus CD extended standards. CD audio was the red book standard, CD-ROM was yellow book and CD plus (separate audio and CD-ROM parts on same CD) was the blue book standard - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Books Some of those latter standards appeared to come after the aforementioned here vinyl with computer program concept - wonder if that inspired those later CD standards?

I've kicked off this Q&A with an initial answer.

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    It occasionally still happens; a recent example would be OKNOTOK. Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 15:29
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    "8-Bit Show and Tell" has several videos on this topic. I think first one was : youtube.com/watch?v=6_CZpFqvDQo
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    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 15:44
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    FYI: "Definitive" might not mean what you think it means. If there's a definitive list of bands, then the category is defined by the list. Nothing that any band did or said would matter. The only thing that would matter would be whether or not the band was on the list. You probably are asking for a complete list. Or, maybe you want an authoritative list: That would be where somebody you trust—some authority —gives their assurance that the list is correct and complete. Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 21:17
  • @solomon slow +1 yes like if discogs provided a means to search recordings by a tag for this Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 23:17

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Isao Tomita encoded messages in the TARBEL (actually Tarbell) cassette format on his album "The Bermuda Triangle" from 1979.


Back in the mid-late 1980s, I saw that rock/pop band on Number 73, Saturday Morning Kids/Youth ITV show, talking about it in an interview. I can't remember the band name. However some searching suggests it could have been one of these: Mainframe - Talk to Me ( ref: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15405 ) or Kissing the Pink - The otherside of heaven ( ref: https://orchardoo.com/histsingle2.htm ).

Podcasts are now becoming a means of distributing such recordings too:

https://www.theregister.com/2021/10/22/zx_spectrum_radiolab/ https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2021/10/22/zx_spectrum_radiolab/#c_4355654

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    It may be appropriate to make this answer CW, as per <retrocomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/975>. On the other hand, the same post kind of demonstrates this did not quite work the last time… I leave the decision to you. Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 13:53
  • +1 thank you @user3840170 . My response: I don't know yet. Of course, my Q&A is well intentioned; my ongoing contribution to stimulating the discussion and enjoyment around retrocomputing. Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 15:02
  • According to IMDB, Kissing the Pink made two appearances on Number 73: the second appearance, on 30th March 1985, is the better match date-wise to the release of The Otherside of Heaven. Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 21:40

The band Information Society did this on at least two of their albums.

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