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I’m Still Here…

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  • Posted on April 6, 2014 - 1:57 pm
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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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Roger Doyle – Fairlight Memories

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  • Posted on November 13, 2013 - 10:47 pm
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You know how it is. You’re sat there, drinking tea and eating toast with Marmite, casually surfing the web whilst watching another episode of Breaking Bad (yes, I know, I was late to THAT particular game!) when you eventually end up on eBay. Every now and again, I’ll just type in some regular search terms […]

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Boris Blank’s Fairlight now on sale

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  • Posted on October 18, 2013 - 9:10 am
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As previously mentioned on this blog, my colleague, Peter Wielk, at Horizontal Productions is selling Boris Blank’s Fairlight CMI Series III and the beast is now on eBay with a starting price of $12,900 AUD (£7695 GBP). Here is the blurb, along with some pictures… http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Boris-Blanks-Yello-Fairlight-CMI-III-Huge-Library-Fully-optioned-Warranty-/231075545023?pt=AU_Musical_Instruments_Instruments&hash=item35cd2cffbf Boris Blank’s (Yello) Fairlight CMI III. Huge Library! Fully […]

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Someone has returned to the scene of the crime…

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  • Posted on October 15, 2013 - 8:21 pm
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Just a quick post to share a couple of pictures of a Fairlight CMI IIx at Sarm Studios. 30 years ago, this would’ve been a fairly unremarkable sight, but these pictures were taken today! Can’t say much more at this moment in time, but more details will follow Pictures courtesy of Ian Peel at SPZ. […]

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Oh, ‘Yello’, it’s Boris Blank’s Fairlight!

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  • Posted on October 6, 2013 - 11:05 am
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Pardon the ‘News of the World’-esque headline.` This little beauty just turned up at Horizontal Productions and I thought I’d share it with you. You know, it’s often said that there isn’t a Fairlight out there that doesn’t have some kind of illustrious history, given that at the time, they were only afforded by the […]

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CMI Restoration – Quick Update

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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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Can you solve the riddle of the mystery synth?

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  • Posted on September 18, 2013 - 8:52 am
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This was brought to my attention today by Peter Vogel. An individual by the name of “Audiö Hoarder” contacted Peter about a piece of gear he acquired that looked similar to some of the internals of a Fairlight CMI, but clearly wasn’t one. Here’s what they had to say about it… “It was bought from […]

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Flash Drive Upgrade Kit for Fairlight CMI I, II, IIx & III

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  • Posted on September 5, 2013 - 9:35 pm
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As I am becoming increasingly aware with my work restoring a Series III Fairlight CMI, Probably the weakest link in its chain is its storage method, I.E. its disk drives. The first two series of the CMI relied on 8″ floppy disk drives. Back then, these were current technology, but they were still fragile and […]

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Peter Gabriel – The Making of PG4 (Security)

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  • Posted on August 15, 2013 - 1:20 pm
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Besides being a musical genius, former frontman of Genesis and all round world music champion, Peter Gabriel was also one of the first to fully exploit the Fairlight CMI in a successful way. It’s almost as if the machine was designed for someone of his ability, a natural disposition to find music in everything. It […]

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Interviewed by MSI Labs

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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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