The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Releases Short Fairlight CMI Documentary

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Releases Short Fairlight CMI Documentary

Post date:

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 09:07

Author:

Naomi Bolton

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have released a short documentary about the Fairlight CMI on their YouTube channel. The documentary, which clocks in at just under twenty minutes, is titled The Fairlight CMI - the story of the first commercially available digital sampler and sequencer.

The Fairlight Computer Music Instrument (CMI) was introduced in 1979 and quickly became one of the most coveted tools in music production. Some early adopters included Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, while the digital sampling and sequencing capabilities of the CMI turned the recording industry on its head.

The Fairlight CMI documentary was produced by Tom Compagnoni and covers the creation, cultural impact, and ultimate demise of the CMI. It also features exclusive interviews with Kim Ryrie and Peter Vogel, co-founders of Fairlight, as well as Fairlight engineer Peter Wielk and Professor Samantha Bennett of the ANU School of Music. Check out the embedded video below to watch the documentary.