Rick Wakeman joins E&MM
I have been looking for some time for a well known musician who specialises in keyboards to join our consultants.
With Warren Cann already making his first important contribution in last month's issue about the developments in electronic drums, there is no doubt that musicians young and old, beginner or advanced can learn from others who have a dedicated interest in their playing.
There are many respected musicians in this country and abroad who read E&MM and I recently met Rick Wakeman who had no hesitation in offering to be the first of our consultants on keyboards.
Rick studied classical music and composition at the Royal College of Music and over the years has developed his own style of playing multi-keyboards from grand pianos to synthesisers that thousands admire. Besides preparing the musical scores for his own rock band along with large orchestras, and choirs, he will be putting pen to paper for E&MM from time to time. I feel sure his own opinions on the world of electro-music will be of interest to us.
Over the next few months we shall be looking at ways of helping readers who have little or no training in music. Our feature this month tells about music education at the City University and we shall continue to examine the opportunities for learning about making music through the use of electronic instruments and computers.
Micromusic has prompted us to look closely at Pascal as an alternative to BASIC, simply because real time interfacing between instruments and computers using the latter is just not quick enough for serious composition. For those unfamiliar with machine code here's a possible alternative that looks promising.
Interfacing instruments is of tremendous importance for the electro-musician and it's a subject that can be learnt by reading and experimenting for yourself. Using your computers with synthesisers can be a challenging step forward as a compositional aid and we take a look at micro interfacing to put you in the picture: Finally, our younger readers who enjoy experimenting with sounds will have plenty of fun from the kit reviewed in our Education pages.
Editorial by Mike Beecher
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