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The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers between Music and Technology: A Memoir Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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It starts just before "Golden Age of Wireless" is a smash hit, through the machinations of the sometimes unpleasant and unfair record industry in the 80s, and then to the US for a while writing film scores and then into the tech bubble of the mass market Internet age. Finally he returns to his native Suffolk, before taking up a US teaching post.
I really enjoyed this book, and feel I know much more about the person behind the music. It's an easy and well written read, with a nice blend of factual information and descriptions of what the journey felt like.
I would have liked a little more about his early childhood years, and how he acquired his extraordinary musical talent, and as another reviewer pointed out it doesn't cover his new teaching career, but don't let that put you off.
And I'd still like to know who the Japanese lab assistant was in the "Blinded me with Science" video -was it Akiko Yano? Maybe I'll have to wait for the second volume to come out...
A huge thank you to Thomas for writing this book, and for creating some of my most favourite and enduring music. Brightened a gloomy November reading it.
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