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Article from Music Technology, August 1993

Peter Cunnah of D:REAM fills out our questionnaire

Bureaucracy. Who needs it? Well, we do, because here's yet another form to fill in. Every month, this very questionnaire will go to a deserving fax machine somewhere in the music business. What comes back is between you, me and the telephone bill. This month: Peter Cunnah of D:REAM


Peter is one half of dance duo D:REAM, a songwriter by trade partnered by DJ Al Mackenzie. Their first two singles 'UR The Best Thing' and 'Things Can Only Get Better' both hit No. 1 in the dance charts, and scored 19 and 24 respectively in the Top 40. Remix work for EMF, Deborah Harry and Duran Duran, among others, has confirmed their status in clubland, whilst the new single 'Unforgiven' - plus a forthcoming album-promise further crossover success.

1 What was the first synthesiser you ever played?

"Roland S-10 sampler."

2 Who is your favourite musical pioneer?

"Brian Eno."

3 What's the difference between Take That and Stravinsky?

"Girls learn to masturbate to Take That, but with Stravinsky they learn to make love."

4 What's the difference between a drum kit and a drum machine?

"A drum machine is never pissed or late for rehearsals. Then again, you can still pour a pint of beer over a drummer and he'll just keep on playing."

5 Playing live: why bother?

"People need to see people: then they need to believe that what they see is what they get. At the moment D:REAM are at a means to an end, in that we use DAT backing tapes to PA in clubs, but I have plans to increase our group to that glorious state where the sleight of hand or one simple signal can break down the set to temper the mood of the audience; this is where 'live' becomes 'alive'."

6 Which record says most to you about music technology?

"'Sweet Dreams' by The Eurythmics first brought my attention to the idea that computers weren't soulless black boxes, while supplying that thick atmosphere of chunky bass and drum lines that I love."

7 What does the phrase 'multimedia' mean to you?

"Completely interactive, all formats, computer-interfaced information."

8 How do you react to hearing a sample of your music on someone else's record?

"Flattered that they were inspired to progress from our ideas in their own direction."

9 What is the next piece of equipment you would like to buy?

"It doesn't exist, but a completely self contained workstation similar to Question 7, which I could plug into anywhere at any time just to sort out my ideas. Other than that, the Alesis or Tascam ADAT will do for the present!"

10 Will technology become invisible?

"Only when we do!!"

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