Hi there! I'm a freelance music and technology journalist, currently working on a future instalment of Red Bull Music Academy's Instrumental Instruments series. If you've not seen this yet, It's a joint production between RBMA Daily (their music journalism outlet - http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com
) and RBMA radio (www.rbmaradio.com
). The idea is to accompany in-depth articles outlining the impact of certain key/iconic music-making machines/instruments, with radio documentaries containing interview excerpts, music created using the featured "piece", and special demonstrations by users (ether musicians, producers or specialists/enthusiasts).
So far, the series has included pieces on the Roland TR-909 drum machine, the Fairlight CMI (both written by yours truly), and the Buchla synthesizer.
The next feature and episode I'm working on focuses on the Atari ST (and key software developed for it, such as Cubase and Notator Logic), looking at how it helped bring music production into the home, effectively democratising electronic music-making for the first time. We'll also explain how it helped fuel the dance music production boom of the early 90s.
For the radio episode, we need to find someone with a working Atari ST (rather than a Falcon) who would be prepared to be interviewed by someone from RBMA Radio, and perform a demo (effectively talk through the production process using Cubase or Logic, and preferably the former). The interviewer would of course travel to that person's home or studio to do the interview. In a perfect world, we'd like to find someone in the USA (California and close, or NYC and close if possible), though it may be possible to get the interview done in the UK (by myself or another RBMA freelancer) or Europe (they also have an office in Germany).
If you think you might be that person, please don't hesitate to drop me a line - you can email me at ma (at) mattanniss.com. I'm happy to answer questions you have about the piece before you commit to getting involved, of course. LIkewise, if you're not the person we're looking for but think you know someone who may be able to help, feel free to forward on this message
I'll try and check back here regularly in case there are any takers. Sorry to randomly post a message like this, but most of the people I've interviewed thus far got rid of their Ataris years ago (though Utah Saints still have one that just about works, apparently).
Thanks in advance