Without meaning to state the obvious, I just wanted to mention this legendary music recording magazine. I’ve been reading it since the late ‘80s. My dad used to buy it every other month. (he would alternate between SOS and Future Music Magazine, which at the time I preferred because they scored their reviews! ) It took us through the golden age of digital synthesis and I’ve got this awesome memory of going to a shop called "Eddie Moors’ Music" with the old man so he could buy the Korg Wavestation after we read about how awesome that machine was. I was totally blown away by the sounds. That tenor sax was so realistic at the time, and the evolving waveforms were just ! We had it hooked up to an old Yamaha CX5MII MSX computer and we would sequence and arrange using this great little step sequencing software called FM Music Composer II.
I guess we’re living through the golden age of realistic sampled sounds and software synthesis at the moment, but what is more exciting to me is that we also seem to be living in the second golden age of analogue synthesis, which I think really hit home for me when Yamaha gave back the rights to the name Sequential to Dave Smith to put on his amazing new machines. Such a classy thing to do.
Well, back to the topic: Sound on Sound magazine is such a phenomenal resource for inspiration, they have amazing articles about the world’s top producers and artists, definitely worth a read and most of their content is available for free online. It’s my no.1 go-to for music-related information.
I guess I don’t really mind if this thread goes off topic slightly, so if anyone has any stories about how or what inspired you to get into music, please do share them here, I’d love to hear them.