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Electronics & Music Maker


Originally an offshoot publication from Maplin Electronics, over time E&MM dropped the electronics projects and focused more on music and technology, before changing its name to "Music Technology" to reflect that focus.



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Copyright: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.

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Music Technology


Music Technology (formerly Electronics & Music Maker) had a focus on the new areas of MIDI, music computer software, synthesisers and samplers and the artists exploiting these technologies at that time, and ran from 1986 to 1993.



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Copyright: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.

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Sound On Sound


SOUND ON SOUND is the world's premier music recording technology magazine. Based in Cambridge, England and independently-owned, SOS Publications has been delivering the quality monthly print magazine since 1985.

Note: We are collecting Sound On Sound issues up to Dec 1993.
Sound On Sound archives from 1994 onwards are available
from the Sound On Sound website...

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Copyright: SOS Publications Ltd.
The contents of this magazine are re-published here with the kind permission of SOS Publications Ltd.

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Home & Studio Recording


"Home Studio Recording" magazine was the sister publication to E&MM, and as "Home & Studio Recording" would continue to be the sister publication to "Music Technology", until the two were merged to become "The Mix" magazine and purchased by Future Publishing.



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Copyright: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.

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Recording Musician


Recording Musician was a sister magazine to the more hi-tech Sound On Sound, focusing on recording and studio technology. After the first year of publishing, Recording Musician was integrated into an expanded Sound On Sound magazine featuring both tech and recording topics.



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Copyright: SOS Publications Ltd.
The contents of this magazine are re-published here with the kind permission of SOS Publications Ltd.

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Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music


Electronic Soundmaker was a magazine created by Cover Publications (the publisher of International Musician) to directly compete with E&MM. Similar in style, and aimed at the new wave of electronic music, synths and drum machines, rather than the more conventional rock-oriented IM&RW, it ran for a couple of years before finally being rolled into IM&RW.

It was also notable for including an audio cassette with each of the later issues, featuring audio demos and reader's recordings.



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Copyright: Cover Publishing Ltd, Northern & Shell Ltd.

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Music UK


Music UK was a music magazine published by the small independent Folly Publications, and unusually, came in an A5 format initially (though it later upsized into an A4 magazine). It had largely a general/rock focus, much like the early IM, and it had a good three and a half year run.



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Copyright: Folly Publications

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In Tune


In Tune was a free, ad-supported but short-lived publication set up after the demise of Music UK.



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Copyright: Moving Music Ltd.

Note for the following publications:

The publications listed below are ones we are collecting and scanning and hope to bring to mu:zines, but don't yet have permission to archive here.

We continue to try to find/reach the rights holders to make this possible - if you can help, please let us know.

In the meantime, you can donate issues of all these publications that we don't have via the Contribute page.

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Making Music


Unusually for this market, Making Music was a free, ad-supported publication, distributed mostly through independent music shops, and largely featured the former staff of One Two Testing. It was a large, A3 newspaper format rather than the more usual glossy A4 magazine, and ran for around 200 issues until 2002.



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Copyright: Track Record Publishing Ltd, Nexus Media Ltd.

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International Musician & Recording World


International Musician was a monthly music magazine launched in early 1975 by Ray Hammond and Richard Desmond. "Northern & Shell", Desmond's media giant today owns household name publications including Daily Express, Daily Star, OK!, and the Channel 5 TV channel. It ran until 1991, and by that time it incorporated by the long-standard Zig Zag, and Electronic Soundmaker.



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Copyright: Cover Publications Ltd, Northern & Shell Ltd.

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One Two Testing


One Two Testing was IPC's offering into the market that E&MM dominated - new wave pop music with an electronic production slant. It ran for a few years longer than Electronic Soundmaker did, but along it's run IPC sold the publication to Northern & Shell. It continued to run as an N&S publication, but seemed to run into problems towards the end of it's run, first merging with Zig Zag, and then both 12T and ZZ were folded into International Musician - but even this wasn't enough as International Musician finally came to an end not much later.

Much of the staff of One Two Testing went on to produce Making Music.



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Copyright: IPC Magazines Ltd, Northern & Shell Ltd.

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The Mix


After Music Technology and Home & Studio Rcording both came to end, the two publications were merged and The Mix magazine arose. One of it's unique (for the time) features was a CD included with each issue, featuring audio demos from interviewed artists and gear, demo software, and sample content for readers to use.

While the Mix started as a Music Maker title, by the middle of it's run it officially became a Future Publishing title.



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Copyright: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.

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Micro Music


Branded "The Specialist Magazine for Computer Users", Micro Music was one of the first dedicated publications specifically targetting musicians and computers, as the home computer revolution was firmly underway. Published by Argus Specilist Publications (the hobbyist side of Argus Press), it was later sold to Nexus Media.



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Copyright: Argus Specialist Publications



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