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Fairlight CMI Song List

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Illustration of Fairlight CMI
Fairlight CMI (1979)

Table of Songs featuring CMI Fairlight

Artist Song Year Notes Reference Media URL
Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock 1982 Orchestral stab; ORCH5 (from 15secs). Arthur Baker, producer: 'Strangely enough there was also a Fairlight there. You can probably do what the Fairlight did on a $1,000 computer now. Back then the Fairlight was probably worth over $100,000 or more. It was taking up a lot of space, but it had a few sounds in it, one being this sort of explosion sound, which we used in the break, and the orchestra, the infamous orchestra.' Arthur Baker interview YouTube
Aha Take On Me Tony Mansfield used the Fairlight on the production and sampled parts from the original demo. Interview with band & producer YouTube
Art Of Noise Close to the Edit 1983 "From a composition point of view, for me exclusively the Fairlight" - JJ Jeczalik. Features a variety of own-sampled sounds and factory sounds. Music Technology 1989 YouTube
Chick Corea Touchstone 1982 Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer [Yamaha Gs-1, Minimoog, Ob-xa] – Chick Corea Album: Touchstone. Fusion / Latin Jazz Reference YouTube"
Depeche Mode (Vince Clarke) 1984 x2 for touring, and then in the studio. Reference
Duran Duran Rio 1982 "songs such as 'Rio' featured bird-like sounds which were achieved to great effect using the Fairlight." Electronic Soundmaker 1984
Jan Hammer Crockett's Theme 1986 Lead melody & pads. (ARR1 lead) Layered vocal patch with pluck; pad sounds from Fairlight according to the reference video: YouTube YouTube
Jan Hammer Miami Vice Theme 1986 Reference YouTube
Jean-Michel Jarre Magnetic Fields & ZooLook 1981 The Fairlight arrived in 1981 just in time for Magnetic Fields Music Technology (1988) YouTube
Kate Bush Running Up That Hill 1985 A convincing piece of sound design research by Desmond of the SoundOnSound forums seems to prove that cello2 was the source of the main (and very distinctive) sounds of Running Up That Hill. Kate Bush has been quoted that the song was written around one sound from the Fairlight. SOS 2010 YouTube
Kate Bush The Dreaming 1982 Orchestal Stab: ORCH5. An earlier adopter of the CMI, Kate Bush also used the famouse ORCH5 sample in the title track of the album of the same name. Academia.net YouTube
Klaus Shulze Dreams (album) 1986 Synthesizer [Roland JX-10P Super JX, Roland MKS-80/MPG-80 Super Jupiter, Roland MKS-30 Planet S, Korg DW-8000 Waveform], Sequencer [Korg SQD-1], Sampler [Akai S-612/MD-280], Drum Machine [Oberheim DMX], Effects [Korg DVP-1 Digital Voice Processor, Publison Infernal Machine 90, Disk Drive], DAW [Fairlight] – Klaus Schulze Discogs YouTube
Michael Jackson Beat It 1984 Intro/bell: BEATGONG [Doc on the making of Take On Me.. Doesn't specify the sounds YouTube YouTube
Nick Rhodes n/a 1986 "Anyway, it seems that Nick is a Fairlight man, preferring it both to the Emulator, and the Synclavier: "The great thing about the Fairlight is the way it's laid out, not six different boxes like the Synclavier... I got mine halfway through Seven and the Ragged Tiger, and having worked with it for such a long time, I find it very quick to use.”” Reference
Tears For Fears Shout 1984 Ah' vocal sound; ARR1 [Doc on the making of Take On Me.. Doesn't specify the sounds Reference YouTube
The Art of Noise Close (To The Edit) 1982 The Art of Noise’. (Dudley and Trevor Horn, her main collaborator, may well have known first-hand from Vorhaus whence the sample came; in any case, the final moments of their 1984 hit single ‘Close (to the Edit)’ wittily close the loop, mixing ORCH5 back into a congeries of sampled orchestral blasts from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.) Reference YouTube
OMD Live 1986 Played by Paul Humphreys. Runs the live set. Music Technology
Herbie Hancock Perfect Machine 1988 Synthesizer [Yamaha DX1, DX7, DX7IIFD, Kurzweil K-250, Fairlight Series II And Series III, Roland Super Jupiter, Rhodes Chroma, Oberheim Matrix 12, Yamaha TX 8/16], Sampler [Akai 900-S], Vocoder, Producer – Herbie Hancock. Electronic / Future Jazz / Electro Discogs YouTube
Herbie Hancock Perfect Machine 1988 Synthesizer [Yamaha DX1, DX7, DX7IIFD, Kurzweil K-250, Fairlight Series II And Series III, Roland Super Jupiter, Rhodes Chroma, Oberheim Matrix 12, Yamaha TX 8/16], Sampler [Akai 900-S], Vocoder, Producer – Herbie Hancock Electronic / Future Jazz / Electro Discogs YouTube