๐ŸŽง Fairlight CMI – the sound you’ve never heard of (The History Listen)

Listened Fairlight CMI – the sound you’ve never heard of from ABC Radio National

The Australian instrument that shaped the sound of the 1980s and forever changed how popular music was made

James Vyver explores the development of Fairlight in the 1980’s, a musical instrument that involved the ability an extensive sound library, a multi-track sequencer and a sampler. Vyver speaks with a number of those involved in the development of the instrument, including Peter Vogel, Kim Ryrie and Peter Wielk. MESS have also put together a great piece in conjunction with Google Arts & Culture, with links to a number of other resources, including Vox’s video on the origin of the orchestra hit.

It is amazing to consider that in its time, a Fairlight cost as much as a house. Whereas now I can purchase an app like Koala Sampler, and easily capture and create sample base music.

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