New Music Please 

New Music Please

Welcome to the New Music Please website that has been created and promoted to spread the word to all corners of the world wide web about amazing new music and musical styles produced and performed by talented, creative and totally amazing musicians who are often disregarded or not considered "pretty" enough to be promoted by the established industry.

What is NMP all about?

new music please: arp 2600 synthesizerIt's about some of the best music you’ve never heard (yet).

Bookmark this page for daily music recommendations to satisfy your cravings for something fresh in your ears. Get exposed to artists and albums – both new and old - that may have been overlooked by your regular avenues of musical exposure.

Everything’s not for everyone – but surely there will be something for you.

Click the "About" link above for more info about this site...

Old, New, Borrowed...

For a look at some old music by way of a departure from the main emphasis of this site, one really great place to start is a blast from the past with the Steve Harley Fan Zone website that not only brings back great memories of the 1970s but also brings us right up to date with what Steve and the guys are doing these days. So it's a case of old meets new in musical terms!

Sometimes you need to look back to where you once were before you can look forward to where you want to be. This kind of works with the way music is evolving. Think about it. Without the early pioneers in musical composition creating masterpieces of classical symphonies etc, there would never have been other pioneers looking to take what had already been written and finding ways to improve upon it.

So we had a constant stream of new composers creating new, inspired pieces that differed from what had already been written. Their only limitation was the available musical instruments on which their creations could be performed.

So now we had musical instrument makers thinking about how they could create new kinds of instruments to expand on what we already had to make new, more exciting musical masterpieces! Again, the limitation was that instruments were all acoustic, for obvious reasons. There was no electricity and therefore no machines that could use it to create different sounds!

Eventually, the need created the demand which created the supply.

It's Electrifying!

When scientists figured out how to harness the strange, inexplicable power that was electricity to run machines, it wasn't too long before the first electrified sound amplification device was produced. Made mainly for amplifying tiny increments for radiograms and eventually (Edison's among others) sound recording and playback devices, it would be a while before some bright spark figured out this new power could also be used to amplify the human voice in public address systems for theatre for example.

But musicians needed a giant leap of faith to bring them out of the realms of acoustic sound instruments into something entirely different.

Of course, the obvious giant leap forward was Gibson's electrified guitar. Suddenly, a performer could now play a guitar in a larger room and be heard by those at the back as well as those at the front. We all know how that story panned out!

Later, we had electric organs, pianos and eventually the one that changed everything: the synthesizer. Early models like the ARP 2600 pictured above were analog inasmuch as the user had to twiddle dials and move sliders to modulate sounds and alter envelopes to bring about the strange sounding results that were possible.

By the 1980s, the digital synths came on the scene, soon to be coupled with sequencers that allowed musical pieces to be pre-recorded and played back automatically - making for some easy live stage work for some!

Many musicians of the mindset that music should be a creative and very human process throw their hands up in horror at the march forward where computers are literally creating a kind of music (or at least they are doing it under the guidance of their programmers). "It's not real music," they cry, since it is not produced by musicians at all. But by computer programmers - who in general do not have a musical bone in their bodies!

What next, I wonder?