Sunday, June 15, 2008

Letter to Future Music magazine that won letter of the month award


dear Andy,
this is with reference to justin purcell's letter in
fm140.i am confident that FUTURE MUSIC is here to stay
and no ammount of computerization of the music making
process is going to change that.as an example i want
to state my case-i have been a professional guitar
player/producer for the last 20 odd years and have
been an active participant in the new technologies and
evolving process of music gear as and when they
happened.though i took to midi gear very late about 3
years ago and have not looked back since.
when i was debating as to what kind of music producing
and recording set up to go for in my home studio,
after months of contemplating and thoroughly
researching the pros and cons of hardware vs software
setups i finally settled for a computer based
setup.starting off with the most common tools like
ACID,FRUITY LOOPS and CAKEWALK .i have spent the last
3 years hunched over my machine with a copy of the
latest FUTURE MUSIC for reference in times of distress
and solved million bugging problems only to realise
that i dont want to spend the rest of my life hunched
over my computer monitor trying to point a mouse at a
lame looking immitation of a classic beauty hardware
synth.i am moving strangely in the opposite direction
and in the last 1 year i have snapped up quite a
collection of hardware toys.
the point basically i am making is that with the
passing of time and with the knowledge of how
electronic musical instruments actually work i am
getting the urge to create music with the real
machines
and not just live in the bowels of my computer hard
disk.this knowledge btw is a result of endless hours
of devouring the pages of FM.
hardware has been strangely exhilarating to me with
the liberating feel of actually turning a knob and
slider and feeling the tones change in a more human
and subtle way.it has come to such a state that i am
constantly on the lookout for classic hardware synths
and most probably i will be getting a very good deal
on a korg m1.i already have a roland tb303,a yamaha
ys200,korg trinity,zoom sampletrack st224
sampler,roland gr 30 guitar synth.
future music has opened my ears and eyes to the world
of hardware musical instruments and i will be ever
grateful for that and as long as there are people who
value purity of tone i am sure hardware will be very
much alive and that means FUTURE MUSIC will be there
also to oversee all the developments and guide us in
this wonderful world of electronic music
production/composition.
long live FUTURE MUSIC.
cheers
tuki