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Issue 46 Magazine & Vinyl Bundle

In this month’s issue of Electronic Sound we’re talking revolution, the DIY revolution. Pinpointing the precise moment when recording music headed into the bedroom (clue: it was the appearance of the portastudio in the late 1970s), we talk pioneering spirit with the trailblazing Thomas Leer. Join us as he recalls his adventures in home recording alongside his old pal Robert Rental, and learn how the ability to release music into the wild suddenly ended up in the hands of everyone.

We recommend a raft of essential DIY revolution listening and, following a call to arms to our readers, we also make our way through the mouth-watering kit list of the discerning bedroom producer. The synths! The effect units! The cassette tapes! We’ve got the authentic DIY revolution shopping list sown up.

As always, we have a supporting cast to warm the cockles on a cold autumnal evening. We talk to the master of horror, Mr John Carpenter about his updated soundtrack to the new ‘Halloween’ film, Gazelle Twin talks Brexit, Olafur Arnalds shows us his self-playing pianos (no, that’s not a euphemism), the bloody amazing John Grant pops up to tell us about his bloody amazing new album… we really are spoiling you this issue.

We take a look at the legacy of Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece ‘In C’ in Time Machine, we celebrate Pop Will Eat Itself’s ‘Def Con One’ in Landmarks and uber producer and The Orb’s dubmeister, Youth, reflects on some of his influences in, well, Under The Influence.

This issue finds us coughing up our largest reviews section yet. The Back has over 20 pages packed to bursting with wise words on the latest album releases, while in The Front we take care of your needs when it comes to books, tech, kit, toys and gadgets and all manner of must-own goodies.

All of this in your super soar-away edition of Electronic Sound. Up the revolution.


This month’s exclusive Electronic Sound seven-inch contains an unreleased track from ROBERT RENTAL’s recently unearthed batch of home recordings, plus a track taken from his friend and DIY recording exponent THOMAS LEER’s most recent album ‘Reaching Never Quite’. Coinciding with the launch of an exhibition of the pair’s work, this very special limited edition record is part of Electronic Sound’s celebration of the DIY electronica boom of the late 1970s and 1980s.

Thomas Leer’s 1978 single ‘Private Plane’ was part of the DIY Revolution, when home-studio recorded electronica started to infiltrate the indie charts. Leer, who went on to form Act with Propaganda’s Claudia Brücken in the late 1980s, is interviewed in this month’s Electronic Sound, and talks about his friendship with Robert Rental, who passed away in 2000. Rental’s 1978 single ‘Paralysis’ was another important release of 1978, and he went on to work with Daniel Miller on the extraordinary album ‘Robert Rental And The Normal Live At West Runton Pavillion’, released in 1980. He died in 2000, and only now is some of the unreleased material he recorded during his life seeing the light of day.