The Movement Drum System I/II (generally referred to as the Movement MCS Percussion Computer) was a very rare British-made drum machine produced approximately 1981 (MKI) and 1983 (MKII). For the early "drum machine" computers that used a rotating cylinder as their main memory see Drum memory A drum machine is an Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Both retailed at £1999. 00 ex vat at march 1983 from 'Movement Audio Visual', 61 Taunton Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3LP, UK. Both models combined two technologies; analogue synthesized drum sounds similar to Simmons SDS-V and basic digital digitized 8-bit drum samples. The Simmons SDS-V, SDS5, or Simmons Drum Synthesizer was the first viable electronic replacement for acoustic drums Eight-bit CPUs normally use an 8-bit data bus and a 16-bit address bus which means that their Address space is limited to 64 KBs This is not a "natural In total 14 independent voice modules could be played (either analogue or digital). Also notable for its computer-like design and its ability to display drum notes and sequencing graphically on a green black cathode ray tube display unit perhaps similar to page R on the fairlight CMI. The cathode ray tube (CRT is a Vacuum tube containing an Electron gun (a source of electrons and a Fluorescent screen with internal or The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument was the first polyphonic digital sampling Synthesizer. Aesthetically this was perhaps the most provocative & industrious rhythm computer system ever made. The Movement Drum Systems are known to have been expensive upon release, and it is estimated that approximately thirty were made.
The original designer was Dave Goodway and for him it was a gargantuan effort which eventually became a labour of love. In 1981, Dave was joined by Jonathan Jowitt, who contribted to the addition of MIDI and features that made the sequencer work well in live situations (playlists, segue songs, etc).
Its most famous user was David A. Stewart of Eurythmics, who excelled in the use of this Drum Computer (and before) on their 1983 worldwide hit, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). David Allan Stewart, often known as Dave Stewart (born September 9, 1952 in Sunderland) is an English Musician and Eurythmics (often incorrectly referred to as The Eurythmics) is a British Musical duo, formed in 1980 by Annie Lennox and Dave " Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This " (or simply " Sweet Dreams " is a song by pop music duo Eurythmics, written by David A " The machine (MKI) makes an appearance in the video, in a scene in which singer Annie Lennox is seated on top of a table in a meadow, as Dave Stewart types on the Drum Computer's keyboard. Annie Lennox (born 25 December 1954 is a Scottish born British Musician, Vocalist and Academy Award -winning Songwriter Note in this video the version used is a two-piece type base unit and separate monitor (perhaps a prototype or the MKI model). Phil Collins used an orange smaller 'one piece' MKII. Philip David Charles Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951 Chiswick, London) is an English Singer-songwriter, Drummer David Stewart also used this machine on the following two albums, "Touch" and soundtrack album "1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)" The last commercial track release Eurythmics used this machine was on Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four). Touch is the third Album by New Wave duo Eurythmics ( Annie Lennox and David A 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother is a soundtrack album by Eurythmics containing music recorded by the group for director Michael Radford 's colour " Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four " is a song performed by British pop duo Eurythmics. At this time the Eurythmics choose to use a lot of heavy ambient audio outboard processing to 'beef-up' and update perhaps the rather mild and dated sound of this classic machine.
In 1984, MIDI was added to create an additional 8 track sequencer. Other hardware modifications, like battery backed memory and disk drives were added, but the operation was small (only a two man team). Eventually, the big companies reigned supreme.
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