Herbie Hancock & Quincy Jones vs. Fairlight CMI

Q x HHWe have been checking this video of the great Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock noodling around with the Fairlight CMI digital sampling synthesizer in the early eighties. It was used by artists like Peter Gabriel, Thomas Dolby, Kate Bush, The B-52’s, and Stevie Wonder, among others. The Fairlight CMI even had a touch screen back then. Talk about next level. In fact, Stevie and Herbie were two of the first artists to get one, which cost a whopping $27,500 each back then. They were going for that sound, and money was no object I guess. While Quincy asks some questions and drinks a little wine, Herbie gives a demo of the machine, which from the video, Q really digs. So cool to see some of the heavyweights grooving on new technology. Now if Jan Hammer were only in the room, he did the soundtrack to Miami Vice on the thing. Technology was so cool. Dig!

Keep Diggin’!

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