Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Houses and Homes

From the same series as Concrete, though they'd dropped the "Children's University" tag by the time this one appeared in 1980.  Written and illustrated by Heinz Kurth.

Note the internet prediction near the end, with the button-heavy control panel and reel-to-reel tape deck.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Digital Music In The Home, pt 1.44 - HOURS and HOURS...

Found in a box of bits during a recent tidy-up.  It's a wee doo-dad that turned a Commodore Amiga into a SAMPLER, which was massively exciting back in 1994 when I first got hold of one.  It came with software to edit and add effects to soundwaves, and a simple but brilliant tracker, which for usability and immediacy pisses on anything I've seen since:

Did anyone else here fritter away hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours dicking about with one of these, or similar (the Atari ST was the other one, wasn't it)? 

This quote from Rob Playford, talking about producing Goldie's 'Timeless', will probably strike a chord with fellow sample prodders:

"The breakbeat is actually made up of two mono files on the sampler, which I adjusted separately, so that when I stuck them together, I had the break riding up and spinning around in the stereo soundfield. It sounded like nothing we'd ever heard, it was a revelation -- we listened to that for hours and hours."