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    DAVID HIRSCHFELDER: Scoring An Oscar For Elizabeth

    Interview | Composer

    By the time you read this, he could be clutching his first Oscar for his soundtrack for the historic blockbuster Elizabeth. David Hirschfelder discourses with Richard Buskin about the art, science and pyschology of scoring for the moving image.

    People Apr 1999
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    M PEOPLE: Songwriting & Musicianship

    Interview | Band

    Sound On Sound caught up with M People's Paul Heard, before the band headed off on their European tour. Christopher Holder puts aside his preconceptions to learn about songwriting, production, musicianship and family sedans.

    People Apr 1998
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    Debbie Wiseman

    TV & Film Composer Extraordinaire

    Debbie Wiseman has been described as Britain's most prolific and emotionally charged film composer, with a long list of TV and cinema credits that belies her age, including the recent Oscar Wilde biopic.

    People Mar 1998
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    Beverley Craven: MOR & Love Scenes

    Crafting Ballads

    The first album from this chart-topping pianist and chanteuse was a million-seller; her second looks set to continue the trend. Ian Gilby was invited into the Craven home studio to discuss the enduring appeal of MOR.

    People May 1994
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    Suzanne Ciani with ARP and Buchla synthesizers.

    Suzanne Ciani: Dream Suite

    Pushing The Electronic Music Envelope

    Headlining the biggest electronic music festival in Europe was a US composer almost unknown in the UK. A contemporary of synth pioneer Don Buchla, Suzanne Ciani enjoys enourmous success in America, yet such recognition has eluded her so far this side of the Atlantic.

    People May 1994
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    Midge Ure leaning on his Emulator II sampling keyboard

    Midge Ure

    A Man With A Gift

    In between tours with Ultravox and appearances on Live Aid, Midge Ure somehow found the time to discuss the writing and recording of his first ever solo LP 'The Gift' and his No.1 single with SOS Editor Ian Gilby.

    People Nov 1985
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    Paul Bliss

    Thoughts Of A Marathon Songwriter

    You don't know his name but you'll have heard his refrains. Composer Paul Bliss writes hits for the best of 'em using a UMI-2B sequencer package and several synthesizers. Ralph Denyer finds out how.

    People Nov 1985


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