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Music Technology - March 1989

In Pursuit Of Perfection
Editorial

As musical technology makes the process of writing, recording and performing music more precise, the question has to be asked: how perfect do we want our music?

This article has no OCR bodytext.Newsdesk
News

Stabilant 22 - Stanley Kubrick's new sci-fi epic, a miracle cure for AIDS or merely the latest brand of shaving foam to be found at Rita Fairclough's "Cabin"? This and more in this month's Newsdesk.

This article has no OCR bodytext.Communique
Feedback

"Who are the DemoTakes?", demands one reader; "Where do I buy some sounds for my Super Jupiter?", enquires another, "Ambisonics and art!" cries a third - their voices (and yours?) in MT's readers' letters pages.

Roland Super-MRC Sequencing Software
Review

Competing with the flexibility of computer-based recording systems is a problem for a dedicated sequencer, but Roland's latest MC500 software update makes it as competitive as ever. J Eshleman begs for MRC.

SongWright IV
Review

Software for IBM PC and compatibles

As scorewriting software increases in popularity, it increases in variety - if you're using an IBM PC and you're on a tight budget, Songwright could be for you. Ian Waugh scores the wright stuff.

The Human Touch
Feature

The machines that stole the musicians' feel from your music are the same machines that you can now use to restore it - once you know how. Travis Charbeneau investigates the subtleties of the human touch.

Theme And Variations
Show Report

Frankfurt Musikmesse 1989

Rain, sub-zero temperatures and sleazy hotels - who'd go to Frankfurt if it wasn't for the trade show? Simon Trask finds more than warmth and shelter at the Musikmesse.

The Song Remains the Same
Feature

Frazier Chorus

Take four musicians with a love of acoustic instruments, a fascination for high technology and some considerable talent, and you've got Frazier Chorus. Louise Swann and Stephen Hillier listen to songs from the English coast.

Oberheim Cyclone
Review

MIDI Performance Effect

The arpeggiator is still regarded by many as "the poor man's sequencer", but Oberheim may be about to change that with a small grey box called Cyclone. Simon Trask blows hot and cold.

Hollis Research Trackman
Review

Software for the Atari ST

A new sequencer program for the Atari ST from British company Hollis Research sets out to be powerful and friendly without breaking the bank. Ian Waugh reckons it's on the right track (man).

The Secrets of Computer Composition - Part 1
Feature

The question "can computers write music" has never been more important than it is in 1989; what is an algorithmic composition program, and will it ever replace the human composer? Ian Waugh composes himself.

Emotional Foundations
Interview

Marshall Jefferson

The originator of acid house claims the secrets of good music are feel and emotion rather than a Roland Bassline and an Akai sampler. Simon Trask gets in the mood.

The American Way
Show Report

Winter NAMM 1989

Californian sunshine, sea and sand - with all this on offer, why should MT's intrepid reporters want to visit a trade show in Anaheim? Bob "El Bobo" O'Donnell, Chris "El Macho" Meyer and Dan "La" Rue have the answer.

Turtle Beach Softworks Sample Vision
Review

Software for the IBM PC

Generic sample editors have been giving Atari ST users a lead in sample editing for a while; now IBM PC users have the chance to get ahead. Dennis Miller has a vision.

Call Of The Wild
Interview

Shriekback

After carving a career for themselves with their unique brand of anarchic funk, Shriekback have decided the time has come for a change. Barry Andrews tells David Bradwell about the importance of loving musical equipment.

Roland R880
Review

Digital Reverb Unit

Digital reverberation technology is recognised for making reverb units cheap, but the same technology means a little more money buys a lot more power. Vic Lennard reflects on the R880.

This article has no OCR bodytext.Competition
Competition

A course called Soundscape can teach you all about Contemporary Music and Technology; the right piece of music will win you a place on that course - in MT's exclusive competition.

Fostex R8
Review

Eight-track reel-to-reel recorder

As 8-track tape recording takes its first steps onto cassette, Fostex introduce another revolutionary idea: the reel-to-reel tape deck with a detachable control panel. Vic Lennard does it from a distance.

Roland RE3
Review

Digital Space Echo

When Roland made the most popular tape echo unit in the world they called it Space Echo - now they've revived it in digital form. Gordon Reid listens to echoes from the past.

Patchwork
Feature

If you are a devotee of Yamaha's DX27, Roland's D50 or Casio's CZ1, there are patches for your synth in this month's Patchwork pages - if another synth is your passion why not make it a feature next month?

Kawai K1 Visual Editors
Review

Software for the Atari ST

Coupled with its success, the digital parameter access-editing of Kawai's K1 synthesiser has made it an obvious target for software editors - like these from Dr Ts, Soundbits, Drumware and Steinberg. Vic Lennard looks on.

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

 

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