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The Secrets of the Fairlight CMI

23 November, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This hands-on workshop is a rare opportunity to find out more about the Fairlight CMI, a musical instrument that could cost anywhere up to £100,000 when artists and groups like Afrika Bambaataa, Kate Bush, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood used it in the 1980s. Its Australian designers expected it to be used for imitating the sounds of orchestral instruments but its users began, instead, to record the sounds of everyday life.

Researcher Paul Harkins, curator Annie Jamieson and former owner Robin Scott (aka M of ‘Pop Muzik’ fame) will lead a workshop in which they talk about the Fairlight’s history, explain how it helped start the sampling ‘revolution’ in popular music, and give people the opportunity to sample and play with some digital noises of their own.

In partnership with

The National Science and Media Museum

Contact email address

p.harkins@napier.ac.uk; annie.jamieson@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk

Booking required?

Yes


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Details

Date:
23 November, 2019
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/uncovering-secrets-fairlight-cmi

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Is booking required?
Yes
Contact email address
p.harkins@napier.ac.uk; annie.jamieson@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk
Event partners
The National Science and Media Museum
Region
Yorkshire and the Humber
City/town
Bradford
Accessibility information
Please contact the venue for accessibility information.
Image copyright information
Copyright in images of the Fairlight CMI is owned by Science Museum Group.

Venue

The National Science and Media Museum
Little Horton Lane
Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber BD1 1NQ United Kingdom
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Accessibility information
Please contact the venue for accessibility information.
Phone:
0844 856 3797
Website:
https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/

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