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Not many musicians realise the potential of playing the European live circuit. Nigel Humberstone, whose band, In The Nursery, has built up quite a substantial European following, lets you in on some of the secrets of technical and business survival in Europe.
Influential producer Rupert Hine this year celebrates 30 years in the music industry — and he shows no signs of slowing down, with a current solo album on general release, and a string of new Hine-produced albums, including one for offbeat French combo Les Negresses Vertes, waiting in the wings. Paul Tingen talks to him about technology past, present and future.
What happens to the many talented musicians in the UK who never get a chance to be heard by a wider audience because the music they make isn't what major record companies want to sign? Discovering new talent and helping to bring it to the fore has always been the producer's dream. But now producer Floyd-Douglass is launching a new project to do just that...
Canadian hardcore band Front Line Assembly have carved out a niche for themselves in the Electric Body Music market — but the hard men of synth rock have a softer side, which is emerging through various alter-egos and an evolution of the band's own sound. Nigel Humberstone talks to Front man Bill Leeb.
In the concluding part of this short series, our intrepid MIDI musicians turn their attention to the creation of sound effects and the final mix... By Paul D. Lehrman with Steve Olenick.
Karl Steinberg now runs one of Europe's most successful software houses. But the company grew from a mere idea and a small business loan. Paul White talked to the man behind the mighty Cubase at his Hamberg R&D department.
The recently released 'Tangents 1973-1983' Tangerine dream boxed set chronicles the 10 seminal years the German group spent on the Virgin Label. Mark J. Prendergast concludes his history of the band, and looks at the effects they have had on the development of modern music technology.
Classical violin player Andrew Price is making his fortune with music that he deliberately didn't copyright. Here he explains to Paul White how he manages it, and offers some tips on blending MIDI-generated music with real orchestral players.
Producer Paul Staveley O'Duffy has strong opinions on how the music business can be improved. Here he puts the case for a more flexible approach to the record industry — one that would expand the boundaries of what the public gets to hear...
What constitutes a classic record? Why is that one record still sounds fresh and exciting 20 years after its release, while another seems dated within six months? According to producer, songwriter and musician Pete Wingfield, the secret lies in keeping the musicianship as real as possible, and not resorting to drum machines and sequencers.
Countless bands have been influenced by The Rolling Stones, which makes it all the more interesting to find out how they work and record. Richard Buskin talks to top producer/musician Don Was and engineer Don Smith about their contributions to the Stones' new album.
"Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to produce the music and sound effects for a major international documentary series, largely in a home midi studio." Could it be done? In part 1 of their two-part assignment, special agents Paul D. Lehrman and Steve Olenick found out.
As Wise Buddah Music, Radio FM DJ Mark Goodier and his business partner Bill Padley are producing and editing programs for the BBC with little more than a Mac computer, a DAT machine, and some high-powered Digidesign editing software. Paul White talks to them about how they manage it.
October saw the release of a giant Tangerine Dream boxed set from Virgin Records, 'Tangents 1973-1983'. In the first of this two-part feature, Mark J. Prendergast considers Tangerine Dream's groundbreaking use of emergent synthesizer technology during their first decade.
808 State have seen the future — and it's called the Internet. You can now contact the group via the net thanks to their new information service, State to State. 808 mainman Graham Massey explains the idea to Matt Bell.
American producer Steve Ferrera has a problem with most A&R people — and that's why he's taken a job as head of A&R at Echo, the new record label set up last year by Chrysalis group chairman Chris Wright. Artist-friendly labels may be a cliche, but Ferrera is determined that Echo really will be different. Here he explains his Philosophy...
Despite having produced a string of successful albums by artists as diverse as Crowded House, Suzanne Vega and Elvis Costello, Mitchell Froom still strives for a fresh approach to each new project and refuses to sit back and sink into a formula. Paul Tingen talks to him.