Issue 56 & CD Bundle

£11.99

Print magazine and CD album

210 x 280 mm / 100 page / soft touch cover

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Issue 56 Magazine & CD Bundle 

We have a superb issue for you this month. And that’s not only because we have an exclusive interview with Kraftwerk main man Ralf Hütter, although since Hütter rarely talks to the press that is clearly something a bit special.

Our cover feature details the history of EMS, the legendary UK synthesiser company founded by Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary and David Cockerell in 1969. What started out as a vehicle to fund Zinovieff’s studio became a decade-long adventure in synthesis with a very British sense of innovation about it. EMS machines like the VCS 3 and the Synthi AKS were responsible for some of the best known electronic music of the 1970s – from the Radiophonic Workshop to Brian Eno to Pink Floyd.

We also have a weighty report on the recent Bluedot Festival, featuring Kraftwerk, New Order, Jon Hopkins, John Grant and more. Our interview with Ralf Hütter took place backstage after the Kraftwerk set, with Hütter radiating urbane charm and wry humour as he chatted about music and science and sampling and cycling. “We are not a museum, so let’s play what we do,” he declares. “My art is music.”

Other interviews this issue include Haiku Salut, Eric Random, Jah Wobble & Bill LaswellParanoid London, Rolo McGinty from The Woodentops. Plus, of course, we have our packed front section, our ace regular columnists, and our usual exotic feast of new album reviews. Hit the link to order your copy straight away!

 

Limited Edition CD Album: ‘The Sounds of EMS’

This month’s audio accompaniment is ‘The Sounds Of EMS’, a fascinating 45-minute CD of music made either by the people responsible for EMS, or by the machines they built. You can almost smell the dust burning as the old circuits start warming up! The CD has two pieces by Peter Zinovieff and another from Tristram Cary, the latter with a spoken explanation of what he wanted to achieve with the piece. There are also tracks by David Vorhaus (who founded the cult electronic group White Noise with Delia Derbyshire), Mike Hankinson (another early adopter of the VCS 3), Benge from Wrangler and Jack Dangers from Meat Beat Manifesto.

01.  PETER ZINOVIEFF  –  ‘A LOLLIPOP FOR PAPA’
02.  TRISTRAM CARY  – ‘ 3, 4, 5 – A STUDY IN LIMITED RESOURCES’
03.  BENGE  –  ‘1969 EMS VCS3’
04.  DAVID VORHAUS  –  ‘THING FOR TWO VCS3S’
05.  JACK DANGERS @ TAPE LAB  –  ‘SYNTHI 100-PIECE 1’
06.  MIKE HANKINSON  –  ‘JS BACH’S FUGUE AND TOCCATA IN D MINOR’
07.  PETER ZINOVIEFF  –  ‘JANUARY TENSIONS’ (EXCERPT)
08.  TRISTRAM CARY  –  ‘3, 4 , 5 – A STUDY IN LIMITED RESOURCES’ (TALK)