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    Thanks for alerting me to this. Excellent music. There are also programmes featuring Roy Harper (tracks from Stormcock) and Third Ear Band. Those were the days, when an education authority had enough money to fund this sort of stuff. Now they hardly have enough money to feed the pupils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Udi Koomran View Post
    I think that this is Soft Machine, rather than Matching Mole!

    You can find out more about the history of the ILEA here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_...tion_Authority As is noted in this article, "The ILEA had its own schools broadcasting service, the Educational Television Service, based in the former Tennyson Secondary School, Thackeray Road, SW8". And, as the ILEA Archive page notes, one of the responsibilities of the ILEA was "running the Educational Television Service, providing programmes for schools and colleges". So, I'd assume that this extraordinary footage comes from one of these educational broadcasts (something like a secondary education equivalent of Open University broadcasts).

    Digging a bit further, I discovered this site: https://www.facebook.com/londonmetro...1317992276841/ "For nearly 25 years the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) provided support to young musicians through the ILEA Music Centre. Funding instruments and music technology in schools, ILEA also supported resources like the Centre for Young Musicians and the Cockpit Theatre giving young people from any background the opportunity to audition and perform for ensembles like the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO)." So, piecing these bits together, I'd assume that this broadcast would have been supporting material for a strand of work withing this ILEA Music Centre.

    A different era - when a local education authority would see fit to make educational programmes for young people featuring the music of Soft Machine & Matching Mole - & giving over time for 15+ minute free improvs from each group!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munster View Post
    Thanks for alerting me to this. Excellent music. There are also programmes featuring Roy Harper (tracks from Stormcock) and Third Ear Band. Those were the days, when an education authority had enough money to fund this sort of stuff. Now they hardly have enough money to feed the pupils.
    Here's Kevin Ayers perfomring with Robert Wyatt, David Bedford, & Lol Coxhil:



    And here's Ayers performing a song that "Isn't Called Anything", solo:

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    Quote Originally Posted by per anporth View Post
    And here's Ayers performing a song that "Isn't Called Anything", solo:
    Well, obviously it's "Hymn", but without the backing vocals.
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    Trippy video for 'educational tv'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Udi Koomran View Post
    Thanks for posting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munster View Post
    Thanks for alerting me to this. Excellent music. There are also programmes featuring Roy Harper (tracks from Stormcock) and Third Ear Band. Those were the days, when an education authority had enough money to fund this sort of stuff. Now they hardly have enough money to feed the pupils.
    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    Trippy video for 'educational tv'.
    I'd never even seen or heard of ILEA TV channel and never saw any of those footage, soooooo thanks to udi and our resident Brits.
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    Holy Cow! Thanks Udi for the heads up on this. The great performances of Softs and their diaspora just keep on coming. Every year or two there are some newly unearthed videos, these two included. Just a year or two ago we got the great Soft Machine "classic quartet" show in full color. Now this. Now could someone find some more classic Gong, please?

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