Saturday, 20 July 2019

Music Extra: A History Of Music And Technology - 6. Samplers And Drum Machines

MUSIC EXTRA: A HISTORY OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY - 6. SAMPLERS AND DRUM MACHINES (96kbs-m4a/35mb/50mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 1st June 2019

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason explores how samplers and drum machines created new musical genres.

During the 1980s, samplers and drum machines fuelled a new wave of music from hip hop to house to techno.

In this programme we hear from the inventors behind this landmark technology and reveal how it first found traction with millionaire rock stars, rather than hip young DJs, due to its huge expense.

We learn how cheaper Japanese products – first deemed a commercial flop - were then re-discovered, re-used and abused by dance floor innovators who created new musical genres which could never have existed without this technology.

Contributors:

Peter Vogel, inventor of the Fairlight CMI

Trevor Horn

Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran

Roger Linn, inventor of the LM-1 drum machine

Prof Susan Rogers, Berklee College of Music and sound engineer

Arthur Baker

Kurtis Mantronik

Richard Katz, Roland Instruments

Hank Shocklee, Public Enemy

Jesse Saunders

Derrick May

Roni Size

The series is produced in association with the Open University.

(Photo: Afrika Bambaataa plays The Venue in London in November 1983 Credit: Getty)

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