|Electronics & Music Maker - October 1985|
Keeping Music Live
Is there a future for live electronic music ?
...Featuring a full report on musical activities at the Personal Computer World show.
If you've got a view to air on hi-tech music, equipment, or anyone else's view, this is the place to air it.
Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen
A prolonged period of silence from two ex-Japan members may have lead same to believe they've said all they have to say. Dan Goldstein and Tim Goodyer discover this is not the case.
A modest newcomer to the sampling arena is Boss' DSD2 pedal. Paul White finds out if it's capable of more intelligent iterations than 'hangover'.
Merely two DX7s in a box, or a valid addition to the Yamaha range of FM digital keyboards? Simon Trask takes the mid-price algorithm through its paces, and comes to mixed conclusions.
Tim Goodyer talks to Carl Marsh, guitarist with E&MM's idiosyncratic cover artists, about Oil and Gold, rock and roll, and the Jupiter 8 versus the DX7.
Trish McGrath investigates a software package for the Commodore 64 dedicated to the delicate art of rhythm programming. It sounds better than you'd think.
Part 2 of an in-depth interview with Job Chowning, inventor of FM digital synthesis. Simon Trask gets in a few more questions than he did last month.
An exclusive preview of Sequential's attempt at combining an analogue polysynth with a digital sampling keyboard. It could turn the market on its head yet again, says Dan Goldstein.
Music System Software
A software package for the CBM64 sets out to utilise the SID chip but involves MIDI along the way. Simon Trask investigates the consequences, now that Island Logic have given way to Firebird.
The price guide to end all price guides. This time, we return to drum machines and electronic drum kits, and find a lot has changed in three months.
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Plenty has changed since E&MM last ventured into the hallowed chambers of Maida Vale. Simon Trask reports from the studio that started it all, but now seems aloof from the modern music scene.
An ex-music critic turns prolific avant garde composer and finds himself in demand from the Time Out fraternity. Dan Goldstein talks to the man everyone calls a systems music composer—wrongly.
Roland SDE2500 Delay
Following last month's excursion into the world of digital reverb, Paul 'Poodle' White puts the latest Roland DDL through its paces and assesses the results.
Bit 99 Polysynth
The very latest from Chase has a lot to live up to in following the Bit One synth and Bit 01 expander. Can it cut it? Tim Goodyer thinks it can.
It was once the UK's biggest celebration of live electronic music, but it didn't fare too well in 1985. Dan Goldstein reports.
More music from signed and unsigned bands alike. Tim Goodyer and Dan Goldstein take a closer look at what's on offer this month.
E&MM's latest piece of MIDI software is a program that intercepts MIDI communication between instruments and displays it on a computer monitor for all to see. Introduction by Jay Chapman.
Following last month's list of synthesis casualties, David Ellis delves deeper into the archives and finds yet more mysterious products of human ingenuity. Some of them are quite spectacular.