In 1984 a Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument would have set you back about as much as a house. The Australian-built sampler was the stuff of legend, dreams and Trevor Horn. In the hands of the Art of Noise, it could turn out pop hits like Close (To The Edit) and Moments in Love, but some pretty abstract early experiments with sampling too.

In 2020 I bought a complete facsimile of the Fairlight in pure software form. It was twenty quid.

You can see the #51for50 project to date here: https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/category/projects/51-for-50/

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