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Issue 38

The days of technology defining the sound of music are, arguably, over. Once upon a time, a new sound-shaping machine would come along and it would be used, misused and ultimately replaced by another new machine and abandoned, much like pop stars themselves. The lucky ones get rediscovered a generation later.

The Fairlight was perhaps the last major technological innovation to have this impact, and it was almighty, and it fell out of favour as quickly as it rose.

Art Of Noise were one of the most visible Fairlight practitioners, using it to create a string of 1980s hits and some pretty extreme sound manipulations along the way. They added a classical musicality to their welding of the mid-century avant-garde with 1980s high-tech. This month, Anne Dudley, JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan talk to us about their continuing adventures in sound, while Fairlight inventor Peter Vogel remembers the decade-long reign of his machine.

The appearance of the affordable Akai sampler towards the end of the 1980s enabled Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto to launch his extraordinary debut album, ‘Storm The Studio’. A double vinyl outing, with four tracks, one per side, each reworked several times, it was a powerful and virtuoso display of fearless studio experimentation which helped set the tone for the 1990s underground electronic music scene. Nearly 30 years later, Jack talks to us about his latest album under the MBM banner.  

We also talk to Vince Clarke about his influences, to Simple Minds about their journey from their 1977 Johnny And The Self Abusers incarnation to fully fledged stadium-botherers to their new album, during which time they’ve shifted 70 million records. Way Out West reminisce about their 90s hit ‘The Gift’, Nightmares On Wax puts us straight about living life to the full in Ibiza, Poppy Ackroyd discusses her classical crossover work and we have an excerpt from the late Edgar Froese’s book, which details the time Tangerine Dream decided to play a gig in a cathedral in the 1970s. Which didn’t necessarily turn out that well.

All of that, plus our usual Front section, featuring all of Electronic Sound’s favourite tech, toys, books, gadgets, events, and oddities. On the flip side of the mag we also have our bumper Back section, full to the brim will all the latest album reviews.

And of course our resident columnists, Jack Dangers, Kris Needs and Fat Roland, make an appearance. A miniature 3D printed segment of Brooklyn, a self heating coffee mug (!), new instruments from Korg and Arturia,  a golden record sent into space, and Annie Lennox cleaning out some gutters. What more could you ask for?