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In our second episode of Rare Finds, we visit a former drugstore turned music recording studio in Nashville called Layman Drug Company. The studio has hosted recording sessions, performance showcases and is specifically designed to accommodate filming. Watch as proprietor Will Grieg and head engineer Alex Chaloff play some of their favourite gear from the […]

In our first episode of Rare Finds, we visit a suburban Nashville studio that was conceived as a homage to the recording techniques and gear of a bygone age. That studio is Welcome To 1979, founded by husband and wife team Chris and Yoli Mara. The studio’s dedication to the old ways don’t stop them […]

As a synth, a sampler and a multi-channel effects processor, the Kurzweil K2600R has been a regular feature of my working life for almost 20 years – but it’s all an accident. In the early 2000s, I shared a studio and by chance ended up with a K2600R orphaned there. No-one else took much interest […]

While a student at Music College, a kindly and respected professor offered to introduce me to a composer who was something of a musical hero. Paddy Kingsland had been one of the second wave of composers at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. A timely trip to his post-BBC studio in West London afforded me the opportunity […]

Back in 1998, Apple caused jaws to drop when it released the original Bondi Blue iMac G3. That design was enough to cause extreme reactions from both positive and negative criticsbut what really provoked computer-music types was its connectivity. Bye-bye SCSI. The iMac was all about USB. Back then, I was lucky enough to own […]