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Sound On Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Ian Shaw » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:13 pm

I'm an old git, & still like the look & feel ( & smell?) of an actual magazine, but the monthly search in my local newsagent (you know, the one with the blue & white sign with a common name) is always interesting.

Will it be in the HIFI section with the latest Arcams & Quads? Or the computer section with the Macs & PCs? Or the music section with the Mojo's & the Uncuts? Or as sometimes happens, I walk out, unable to find it at all, thinking it 's not out yet, only to find it a few days later tucked away behind the naughty magazines!

Where it ends up all depends what member of staff is on magazine duty of course, but I was wondering whether SOS gets to have a say in which section their lovely magazine gets put in?

Just a thought. The nights are drawing in & I can't think of anything else to do

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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Forum Admin » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:43 pm

Hi Ian,

I personally share your frustration here.

We are supposed to have a say, and our distributor does make official requests for the shelving section that the magazine is meant to be positioned in, but in reality it's a dog's dinner and the bane of our commercial lives!!

It depends on the newsagent/bookstore chain, but really does seem to come down to the decision-making of the person doing the actual shelf-stocking -- and that, of course, can change from month-to-month with seasonal employment and size of establishment. I firmly believe the stockist simply reads the mag title and positions it where they think it ought to be, not where it is stated on the distribution agreement.

I believe we currently request our magazine to be included in the newsagent's 'Music' section -- but 'Hi-Fi' is where I do occasionally see it. I always grab them and move them to the optimum shelf space. ;-)
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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Forum Admin » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:45 pm

BTW, the November 2019 cover issue goes on sale in UK newsagents this coming Thursday, 24th October. Our 34th anniversary issue, as it happens.
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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Ian Shaw » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:11 pm

Blimey! I was there when SOS first came out. Congratulations on 34 years!

SOS has been a big part of my education in all thing music tech over the years. I dread to think how much money I must have spent on the back of SOS reviews! ( most recently my Focal monitors which I love btw)

I shall be more of a pedant & demand SOS is put in it's rightful place

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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby ef37a » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:47 pm

For over 20yrs I got my mags from a small newsagent run by a lovely Indian family. The old chap died and the guy that bought the business could not give a ***t if my goods were in at the right time so after some 3 months of being messed about I gave him the big E.
I now find my local Sainsburys, Sixfields always has it on time (but don't go in before 9am on the day!) and it is in the right place? With Guitarist, BBC Music?

I once asked in W H Smiths why magazines could not be displayed alphabetically? "Oh! Could not do that" was the response but no reason offered!

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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:55 pm

ef37a wrote:I once asked in W H Smiths why magazines could not be displayed alphabetically?

Then Sound On Sound would be just after Sounds Of Sex and just before Southern Porn Catalogue? Great! I'd find it like a shot.

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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Wonks » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:52 am

ConcertinaChap wrote:Then Sound On Sound would be just after Sounds Of Sex
Ah, the magazine on foley sound and overdubbing for the porn industry. I see in this month's issue that the wah-wah guitar is making a comeback.
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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby DGL. » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:48 am

I would have thought lumping SOS in the Hi-Fi section would be doing the magazine a disservice, primarily because SOS deals with actual science not pseudo science.
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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Arpangel » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:14 am

I used to buy SOS years ago, and it's been responsible for emptying my wallet on a number of occasions. But now I don't buy magazines, at all.
I occasionally get given loads of recent SOS mags by a friend, and copies of The Wire, I always make sure that the Wire's I don't want are wrapped up carefully in black rubbish sacks and put in someone elses dustbin. I gave a friend a few copies of the Wire, his reaction was "don't ever bring those horrible things around here again" and he's one of thee most musically radical people I know. I think in the case of The Wire inverted snobbery comes to mind.
I've got a few copies of SOS on my shelves, ones with good articles, David Sylvian, Michael Brook, Brian Eno.
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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby blinddrew » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:00 am

I subscribe to the paper magazine and generally read it on the train to work. I'm too tired to take it in properly on the way home so I have Private Eye for that.
Anything with attendant audio then gets re-read with some headphones, well, i don't use the headphones to read with, that would be silly...
Then it's generally off to the recycling unless there's a specific article i want to follow up on, e.g. playing around with Eddie's M/S techniques this month.
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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby blinddrew » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:01 am

I'm not sure why I felt the need to share that. Not enough coffee maybe.
Anyway, just subscribe and simplify your life. :)
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Re: Sound on Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Arpangel » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:32 am

blinddrew wrote:I subscribe to the paper magazine and generally read it on the train to work. I'm too tired to take it in properly on the way home so I have Private Eye for that.
Anything with attendant audio then gets re-read with some headphones, well, i don't use the headphones to read with, that would be silly...
Then it's generally off to the recycling unless there's a specific article i want to follow up on, e.g. playing around with Eddie's M/S techniques this month.

I might have to buy it if it's got an M+S feature in it...
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Re: Sound On Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Wonks » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:01 pm

Unfortunately it's not stocked in M&S.
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Re: Sound On Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Forum Admin » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:10 pm

Wonks wrote:Unfortunately it's not stocked in M&S.

IDEA! If we shred the mag and drizzle olive oil over the strands, and package it nicely (but not in plastic), I feel sure we could market it as an artisan 'pot noodle' and it'd fly off the M&S shelves? :D :D :D ;) ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Sound On Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:24 pm

Perfect Ian!! :clap: :bouncy: :clap: :bouncy:


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Re: Sound On Sound: The Monthly Search

Postby Arpangel » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:36 pm

Forum Admin wrote:
Wonks wrote:Unfortunately it's not stocked in M&S.

IDEA! If we shred the mag and drizzle olive oil over the strands, and package it nicely (but not in plastic), I feel sure we could market it as an artisan 'pot noodle' and it'd fly off the M&S shelves? :D :D :D ;) ;) ;) ;)

It would have to be in a black container of course, otherwise it won't taste as good.

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