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Herbie Hancock shows his Fairlight CMI to the Sesame Street kids

Submitted by on July 20, 2010 – 1:16 pm 2 Comments

I always loved how Sesame Street brought in all sorts of fantastic musical guests for the kids and viewers. Here’s a great clip of Herbie Hancock showing the Sesame Street gang his Fairlight CMI:

My favorite line is “What do you need a monitor for in music?” Ahh, how times have changed.

It’s great that kids could learn about sampling and audio waveforms on a show like this. It sort of reminds me of the episode where the Huxtables went to Stevie Wonder’s studio and learned about the Synclavier on the Cosby Show:

New England Digital (makers of the Synclavier) went out of business in 1982, but In August 2009, Peter Vogel (who created the Fairlight) launched a new company with the objective of developing a ‘retro’ CMI-30A (30th Anniversary). You can check out the progress of the new Fairlight here.



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