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    Hurl Defiance At The Stars…

    I need to preface this piece by outlining what Adam Ant means to me. Far from being an obsessive fan into my forties, there were 5 years of my life, between 1979 and 1984, when Adam was the absolute centre of my universe. I wanted to look like him. I wanted to sing like him. […]

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    I’m Still Here…

    As is customary over the years, I occasionally “go dark” when it comes to this blog, much to my eternal shame. It is, however, never without good reason. I’ve just recently moved house, a massive upheaval as many of you will know, and I am now settling in nicely. I’ve also been flat out with […]

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    One February Friday In Full

    In my last post, I told you how I was invited to write a piece for the marvellous website, SuperDeluxeEdition.com, on the subject of my experiences as a ZTT label fan at the height of their powers in 1984, when Frankie Goes To Hollywood conquered everything in their path, Trevor Horn churned out 12″ mixes […]

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    CMI Restoration – Quick Update

    Well, it’s all gone a bit quiet on the Fairlight restoration front, so I just wanted to give you a brief update, for those that are curious. Basically, as I detailed earlier, we discovered that the mainframe was suffering from some stability issues in as much as it would intermittently boot up, and at other […]

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    Interviewed by MSI Labs

    After a couple of successful stints on the MSI Labs podcast, Ian and Rich were very kind to ask me to do an interview for them, to which I happily obliged. Here is the result!

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    It’s Alive!! Alive, I tells ya!!

    Since picking up the Fairlight, I’ve not had much time to do anything to it, what with work and then having two weeks vacation. Similarly, my ‘supervisor’, the Fairlight Grand Master, Peter Wielk, has been globe trotting, primarily in America (New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco). You will have seen that a box of […]

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    Reason Song Challenge 6 – Re-Tron – The Winners!

    Well, not one to keep you guys waiting, Dave & Chris have been hard at it since Sunday afternoon and I now have the results. Also, I have some words from Chris & Dave that they would like me to share, plus personal critiques from the guys on each and every one of the entries!! […]

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    Reason Song Challenge 6 – Re-Tron

    Blimey! It’s been a while since we did one of these, eh?? Ok, so let’s do this. Now we are in the world of Rack Extensions, it makes absolute sense to base this challenge on one of them, especially as the Try & Buy option means everyone can participate. And given my association with GForce, […]

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    Song Challenges – Challenge 5: Synth Nation – WINNERS!

    Sooooooooooo…. It’s been a while! But we made it! This morning I received a mail from our judge, Marc Doty, informing me of his winner and giving me feedback on every single one of the entries. So, let’s get right to the point here and announce our winner…. Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of the […]

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    Hurl Defiance At The Stars…

    I need to preface this piece by outlining what Adam Ant means to me. Far from being an obsessive fan into my forties, there were 5 years of my life, between 1979 and 1984, when Adam was the absolute centre of my universe. I wanted to look like him. I wanted to sing like him. […]

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    UVI release Mello, free for a limited time!

    Three of my favourite words. UVI FREE MELLOTRON So when these words can be used together, this makes me happy! A couple of weeks ago, UVI, sample library creators extraordinaire, announced the release of Mello, a compact library based on the legendary Mellotron and designed for use with either their free UVI Workstation or the […]

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    UVI’s UVX-3P – Review

    In the first days of 1984, I started at, what was to be, my third and final high school in as many years. Circumstance had led me to make and remake friends more often than most kids, at what is normally a difficult time to do such a thing. And, because of this, I often […]

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    UVI release Mello, free for a limited time!

    Three of my favourite words. UVI FREE MELLOTRON So when these words can be used together, this makes me happy! A couple of weeks ago, UVI, sample library creators extraordinaire, announced the release of Mello, a compact library based on the legendary Mellotron and designed for use with either their free UVI Workstation or the […]

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    UVI IRCAM Prepared Piano Review

    I suppose it has to be said that the piano is a bit of a one trick pony. I mean, it has one sound set whose sounds can only be affected by the velocity with which you strike the keys, and the level of sustain you apply using the pedals. Maybe opening the lid has […]

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    UVI The Beast Review

    I think it’s fair to say that, of all the digital, sampling behemoths of the late 70s and early 80s, the New England Digital Synclavier was probably the biggest, most expensive, most desirable of all. Why? Well, it was, arguably, far superior sonically than its competitors and had a far higher level of specification in […]

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