Sci-Friday #106 – Geek Music – Fun Sci-Fi Stuff

For this Sci-Friday, we take a walk down memory lane to enjoy some geek music and other fun sci-fi stuff. Ever wonder how they made the Reading Rainbow theme song back in the 80s before we had access to modern computer sound editing software and hardware? Here’s a clip that shows how they made the iconic theme on 80s-era hardware:

Two fun facts about Reading Rainbow: One, the show was specifically launched by PBS because of the “‘summer loss phenomena,’ whereby a child loses some of his or her reading abilities because they tend not to read during the summer.” Two, the original theme (used from 1983 to 1998) was performed by Tina Fabrique, who plays ‘Donna Davis’ on ‘Blue Bloods’ and featured one of the first uses of the Buchla synthesizer in a TV theme song.

So yeah, the Reading Rainbow theme is a beautiful example of both geek music, and fun sci-fi stuff. I hope this was a fun walk down memory lane for you, too. If you like Sci-Friday, you can go down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!