Following the appearance of the 'Natural Sounds' music article in our November 1986 edition, all kinds of interesting events have ensued for Robin Lumley and Pete Willsher.
It all started at Paul Smith's Covent Garden fashion shop where record producer Alan Parsons was being filmed by ABC Television discussing the Stepp DG1 electronic guitar, the result subsequently being broadcast as a news item for American television.
During the filming, the director, Bob Keller, picked up the November copy of Sound On Sound that Alan Parsons was avidly reading between takes, noticed Robin Lumley's article on 'Natural Music', and decided that it would make an original and fascinating piece for ABC.
After contacting Lumley and Willsher, Bob Keller then filmed the pair in action, along with their partner on the venture Mick Parker, busy recording 'Natural Sounds' at Gateway Studios in London. The resulting video was then transmitted coast-to-coast to a massive 100 million-plus audience in the USA and Canada during February, causing a huge mailbag response from interested viewers eager to hear more of this unique music, comprised entirely of natural sounds sampled on a Prophet 2000 keyboard.
Several film companies caught the transmission and immediately approached the team with a view to using their technique in upcoming feature films, and the British television grapevine reacted also, with BBC TV's Tomorrow's World and Horizon programmes, and Anglia TV's Survival all keen to either do a feature piece or to use their novel music as part of a soundtrack. Furthermore, the advertising world has realised the untapped potential of the music for commercial tracks, resulting in several exciting commissions already for the guys!
And all this from one two-page article in Sound On Sound!!
Naturally, we are delighted to note that the careers of our contributors can be helped in a very real way by their work appearing in our magazine, which in the long term results in yet more interesting and highly informative articles for you, the readers, and which reflects very well upon the magazine.
So now you know what to do if you want to get ahead in this industry - start writing articles for Sound On Sound!!
Editorial by Ian Gilby
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