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BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

I have re­cently been brows­ing through old copies of BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine. I be­gan sub­scrib­ing back in Septem­ber 1995 af­ter pur­chas­ing a CD player for the first time

(still go­ing strong). Ar­ti­cles in that is­sue (Vol. 4 No. 1) in­cluded Tun­ing Up: Surf­ing on the Mu­si­cal In­ter­net, where terms like ‘net’, ‘World Wide Web’ and ‘e-mail’ had to be ex­plained in de­tail, while the ‘Ed­u­ca­tion Spe­cial’ was about how to com­pose mu­sic on a PC, us­ing ‘a dig­i­tal mar­vel called MIDI’. In news, the Royal Opera ★ouse had just re­ceived £55m for re­de­vel­op­ment and Ji í B lohlávek had been ap­pointed prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor of the BBCSO. Re­views were of CDS, of course, but any videos men­tioned I as­sume were for V★S as I don’t think DVDS had yet ar­rived (as hadn’t DAB ra­dio). Twenty-three years on and the mag­a­zine still car­ries ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cles and re­views, but how the world has changed!

Alec Mcgre­gor, Leices­ter

The ed­i­tor replies: On this month’s Con­tents page, the ed­i­to­rial team all name pieces com­posed in our birth year. We’ll let you work out how old we all were in 1995…

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