Among the litany of revolutionary advancements brought forth by English computer scientist and inventor Alan Turing, but perhaps not necessarily the most vital, was actually paving the way for computerized synthetic music. While it may not be as memorable as his Turing Test for artificial intelligence, his work with music is probably a bit more important to the online music community.

On his Manchester Mark I, one of the earliest programmable computers, Turing put forward a hypothesis of clicking interval sounds that one could easily recognize as music. He never actually followed through with it, but with his notes, a pair of researchers from the University of Canterbury managed to create the oldest synthetic music ever. Programmer and musician Christopher Strachey put the steps together to construct 'God Save The Queen' with its included operating guide (the first of its kind). The results aren't very danceable, but still notable.

Listen below via Guardian Australia.