A Look into the Past: Muzines.co.uk and the March 1981 Edition of Electronics & Music Maker

In the era before MIDI and digital audio workstations, making electronic music was a vastly different experience. Muzines.co.uk is a captivating portal that transports us back to this fascinating period in music history. The site hosts a comprehensive compilation of out-of-print music production magazines from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, providing a unique insight into the evolution of electronic music.

One of the standout publications on the site is the March 1981 edition of Electronics & Music Maker magazine. This issue offers a nostalgic journey into the world of electronic music making from a hobbyist perspective at the start of the 1980s. It encapsulates a time when the field was burgeoning and expanding beyond professional recording studios.

The magazine is brimming with articles that cover a broad range of topics – from the basics of synthesizers and effects units to techniques for crafting unique sounds. It’s a comprehensive guide to the state of electronic music production in 1981, filled with wisdom and advice from industry pioneers.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this edition is its companion audio cassette. This cassette features sounds from a variety of electronic music instruments and effects units of the day, offering readers an auditory supplement to the written content. The availability of this audio companion underscores the magazine’s commitment to making electronic music production accessible to enthusiasts, not just professionals.

In summary, muzines.co.uk is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of electronic music production. Its archive of vintage music magazines, including the March 1981 edition of Electronics & Music Maker, provides a wealth of knowledge and insights that remain relevant today. Whether you’re a seasoned producer or an aspiring musician, this site offers a treasure trove of information.


  1. Muzines.co.uk Website
  2. Electronics & Music Maker – March 1981





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