It's Showtime Folks!
Get your corn plasters ready, for the midsummer silly season is upon us! I am, of course, referring to the fact that the coming months herald two major exhibitions that should be of immense interest and importance to all Sound On Sound readers: the British Music Fair (25th-30th July, Olympia, London) and the Personal Computer Show (27th August-1st September, Earls Court, London).
This year's BMF is the largest ever in terms of the number of exhibitors and the amount of equipment on demonstration. Just in case you haven't heard that the BMF is on, we're doing our bit to inform you of its existence. What's more, we highly recommend that you make a date in your diary to visit the show - it promises to be a real corker! (Full details on page 6.) Whilst you've still got your diary open, make a note to visit the Personal Computer Show in late August as well. If you're into computers and software (and what hi-tech musician isn't these days?) then you will find a visit to the PC Show like walking into Aladdin's Cave!
For the second year running, Sound On Sound is sponsoring the 'Music & Micro Village': a special area of the show given over to music-related companies. Last year 99,030 people visited the PC Show, with some 12,326 of those indicating a particular interest in MIDI equipment and music software (they all read Sound On Sound, of course). As you can gather from these figures, the PC Show is a huge event - and well worth a visit. All the top music software companies will be on hand demonstrating and selling their wares within the SOS Music & Micro Village, where you'll also be able to check out Roland's brand new range of computer music peripherals (see page 12 for more details) and Yamaha's superb C1 music computer, amongst other goodies. There's even a massive hall dedicated to computer arcade games if you want a bit of light relief from the acres of PCs, Ataris, Amigas, Macs and cheap Taiwanese clones.
Also, it's worth stuffing your pockets with loads of cash before you set off for the show, because you can pick up some fantastic bargains - we're talking barrow-loads of el cheapo goodies here, dear readers... and all of it strictly legit! You see, unlike the BMF, you can actually buy things that you see at the PC Show and take them away with you. So grab your cheque book, credit cards and cash, and come on down - you won't be disappointed!
Editorial by Ian Gilby
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