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Rise of the Maschines: The history of the Native Instruments’ production system

With the recently announced sea change of Native Instruments’ Maschine workstation from a software and hardware hybrid to a completely standalone hub, it’s high time for us to chart the legacy and development of this modern classic of music technology, and see how this remarkable transformation reflects larger shifts in our attitude to music-making in the 21st century.

Neu!’s Michael Rother on forgetting his heroes and finding inspiration during lockdown

Rother drafted the blueprints for punk and electronica in the early 1970s with bands Neu! and Harmonia. And the multi-instrumentalist continues to make and perform music with relentless zeal. As a new boxset brings together his varied solo works, he reflects on his decades exploring new frontiers.

Depeche Mode producer Ben Hillier: “It helps that I’m not easily starstruck”

From electronic titans Depeche Mode to Britpop stars Blur via Mancunian indie heroes Doves and Mercury Prize-nominated artist Nadine Shah, producer Ben Hillier’s exhilarating career in sound is truly eclectic. Having expanded his creative palette into co-writing and performing with Nadine, Ben tells us how he works with some of pop’s most innovative talents and professes his love for the unpredictable sounds of the EMS VCS3.

Prescription Plugs: Rudosa’s guilty pleasures

We ask sonic surgeons to treat our production ailments – this time techno DJ Rudosa offers a cure for weak drums and build-ups that aren’t quite hitting the spot.
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