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.
Peter Vogel, inventor of the Fairlight CMI
Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran
Roger Linn, inventor of the LM-1 drum machine
Prof Susan Rogers, Berklee College of Music and sound engineer
Richard Katz, Roland Instruments
Hank Shocklee, Public Enemy
The series is produced in association with the Open University.
(Photo: Afrika Bambaataa plays The Venue in London in November 1983 Credit: Getty)