The funny song about being broke reaches US#4 (country #1 for a week in May) UK#1. And it garners a 1965 Grammy.
In April, 1985 the Broadway musical Big River opens in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. With a book based on Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Miller’s music and lyrics, it sees over 1000 performances. It wins the 1985 Tony Award for Best Musical. River in the Rain
Digital sampling for almost all
While it’s not the first for-sale sampler, the Emu (released in 1982) is priced ($8000) within reach of more musicians. In 1984 Emu releases the Emulator-II model (8-bit, 27.7kHz), purchased by dozens of ‘name’ bands.
Sampling is a fairly simple operation. Variations in an analog input signal (from a microphone, for example) are converted into numbers (with values from 0 to 255 in the case of an 8-bit sampler). These values are sampled at a sufficient rate (e.g. 27,700 times a second) to produce adequate fidelity, producing a string of numbers which are stored. ‘Playing’ the sample means converting the stored numbers back into an analog signal. At the time, the memory to store 1 second of samples cost the consumer $400!!
The first sampler-for-sale was Harry Mendell’s 1976 12-bit, 22kHz monophonic Computer Music Melodian. Wonder used the Mendell system extensively in his Oct. 1979 album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants.
Visser synth gallery
First broadcast of CBC radio’s (Montreal studios) ‘new underground music’ show Brave New Waves.(*)Originally hosted by Brent Bambury (followed by Patti Schmidt in ’95), the weekly, 4-hour show of ‘cutting-edge music, much of it electronic’ ends after 23 years on Mar. 16, 2007.