Over And Out
A change of skipper at the helm of Music Technology: the old editor signs out, the new one signs in.
ALMOST INVARIABLY, THIS opening column is the last piece in the magazine to get written. Part of the reason for this is that, until the rest of the issue has been compiled, it's difficult to say precisely what will be in it worth commenting upon. And if we leave things late, we can ensure that the editor's comments are always topical - never outdated or superfluous.
So, what you're reading now represents the final chapter in the production of MT's September '87 issue. But more than that, it also represents the final chapter in this writer's career as editor of the magazine. For after four-and-a-half years of writing for E&MM/MT (and three of those as the man in charge), Goldstein is finally throwing in the towel to leave for pastures new.
In future, I'll be in charge of Music Maker Publications' newly formed Books Division, from which any number of useful texts will be emerging in the months to come - details will appear in these pages as each one is published. I'll still be contributing to MT from time to time, however, so you're not free of me entirely.
In a sense, it's a relief to know I won't have to spend any more time sub-editing reams of Simon Trask's copy, or suffering Trish McGrath's insistent (if necessary) demands for more copy.
On the other hand, I can't pretend I'm not going to miss being at the helm of a monthly magazine. Because in addition to the specific memories (a few fascinating interviews, the odd editorial trip abroad, some scintillating new instruments), there'll also be something about the daily routine of captaining the MT ship which will be difficult - no, impossible - to recapture, books or no books.
The man who steps into my shoes is Tim Goodyer, the magazine's Music Editor for the last two-and-a-half years. If you've ever been to a trade show such as the British Music Fair, you won't have missed Tim: yards of black leather, a smattering of mascara and the longest ponytail this side of the Cambridge Folk Festival. But underneath the distinctive (some would say hideous) exterior is a talented and respected journalist whose tremendous enthusiasm should ensure MT's standards of objectivity, accuracy and artistic flair are maintained.
Rest assured, then, that normal MT service will not be interrupted by the change in leadership. In fact, there may even be some pleasant surprises in store over the next few issues.
Over to you, Tim.
BECOMING EDITOR OF a popular and respected music monthly is not the sort of thing that happens to you on a regular basis. In fact, I think I'd be correct in saying it's my first time.
It's not going to be easy to follow an act like Dan 'Books' Goldstein, either. He too is a readily identifiable figure, as anyone who's caught a glimpse of an outsize suit and a pair of mock zebra-skin shoes will surely agree.
My first assignment as editor was to make the traditional "tour" of the British Music Fair. Talking to the manufacturers and dealers there brought out some interesting theories and points of view, not to mention a chance to air some of my own. Suffice it to say that, at this point, the music industry looks as if it's heading towards some big changes over the next few years.
Whatever happens, though, you can be certain that Music Technology will continue to bring you the best in news, reviews, interviews and features. Count on it.
We mentioned in last month's editorial (though it was somewhat eclipsed by the fuss created by the NAMM show and the impending BMF) that there were a couple of vacancies on the MT editorial staff There's still one left.
Trish, our overworked production editor, has convinced Music Maker Publications that she needs help - in the form of an assistant. The job would entail sub-editing, proof-reading and generally organising the MT staff team when their thoughts wander from the job in hand. It would also involve working on the American edition of the magazine, and offer excellent promotion prospects.
If you think you're the right person for the job, drop us a line and tell us who you are and what you ve been up to in recent years.
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