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Top albums of 1990s include: The Smiths, The Queen is Dead, The Pixies, Doolittle, Public Enemy with It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, The Stones Roses, The Stone Roses, New Order Power, Lies and Corruption.

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1990s: Richard Jinman Sydney Morning Herald 8 July 2004 writes, "In the '90s, rock found its nirvana, a rage of self-hate and nihilism. But even that could be corporatised…"

1990: Electronic music/digital audio: Arrival of a matured, third generation of Macintosh musicware enabling: use of internal computer cards for direct-to-hard-disk recording systems, MIDI sequencers with 512 channels and linkable to patch libraries, MIDI sequencers can incorporate digital audio tracks, use of patch libraries and sample editors. CD-ROMs begin to carry music education software. MIDI programming language becomes visual. Notation becomes compatible with Standard MIDI files (SMF) format and MIDI Manager. A pioneer of this generation was the IMS Dyaxis system (once marketed by Studer Editech). Then Digidesign introduced their two-channel Sound Tools package (which used their Sound Accelorator internal NuBus card, which was followed by their four-channel Deck software using their Audiomedia card. Later came their 4-16channel ProTools package, which allowed initial input as analog, but direct digital input/output was soon innovated. In late 1990 from Lone Wolf appeared MIDITap, offering 65,00 MIDI channels and costing $US3000. (Actually $1500 was all the market could bear, Lone Wolf/David Warman tells us in 2011 - Ed)
See Christopher Yavelow, MacWorld: Music and Sound Bible: The Definitive Guide to Music, Sound and Multimedia on the Mac. (Foreword by Herbie Hancock) San Mateo, California, IDG Books International, 1992.

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The 1990s: Top albums of the decade are regarded as: Nirvana with Nevermind; Jeff Buckley, Grace; Massive Attack, Blue Lines, Pulp, Different Class; and Nick Cave, The Good Son. Also, top albums of 1990s include: The Smiths, The Queen is Dead, The Pixies, Doolittle, Public Enemy with It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses, New Order Power, Lies and Corruption.

1990s: Richard Jinman in Sydney Morning Herald 8 July 2004 writes, “In the '90s, rock found its nirvana, a rage of self-hate and nihilism. But even that could be corporatised”.


1990: USA: A judge in Nevada rules that the British heavy metal rock band Judas Priest was not responsible for the deaths of two youths who shot themselves after listening to the band's music.


1991

1991: Three young people are crushed to death at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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1992

1992: Beastie Boys issue album Check Your Head on Grand Royal/Capitol.

1992: Electronic music/digital audio: Software distributors Mark of the Unicorn and Steinberg release music packages, respectively, Digital Performer and CuBase Audio, which produced CD-quality, and utilised the latest digital audio cards. (By 1984, Macintosh computers offered one music software product, by 1992 they offered more than 700!)

1992: Publication of Christopher Yavelow, MacWorld: Music and Sound Bible: The Definitive Guide to Music, Sound and Multimedia on the Mac. (Foreword by Herbie Hancock) San Mateo, California, IDG Books International, 1992.

1992: Beastie Boys issue album Check Your Head on Grand Royal/Capitol.

1993

January 1993: Management of the Awards presentations for the Tamworth Country Music Festival is taken over by Country Music Association of Australia. Prime TV this year expands its coverage of festival events.
(Milestone in history/development of Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia)

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January 1993: ABC (Australian national radio network), begins to run three-hour live coverage of the Tamworth Country Music Festival Awards Presentations, feeding to 59 metro and regional stations throughout Australia. Many community radio stations in Australia also air their own mini-coverages of festival happenings by now.
(Milestone in history/development of Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia)

1994

1994: Given history of Tamworth Country Music Festival to date, an innovation arises as 2TM and BAL Marketing have over co-ordination of the festival to Tamworth City Council.
(Milestone in history/development of Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia)

1994: Career of the The Beatles moves back in time somewhat as their release of 1963 sessions for BBC Radio show Pop Go The Beatles, album Live At The BBC goes multi-platinum. Songs include their versions of That's All Right, Mama, Carol, Soldier of Love and Clarabella.

1994: Beastie Boys issue Ill Communication. On Grand Royal/Capitol. (Songs are more issue-related)

1994: Nirvana frontman and grunge hero Kurt Cobain commits suicide. A good many conspiracy theories arise including allegation he was murdered. Check websites: www.nirvanaclub.com and a Cobain memorial site at: www.cobain.com

1994: Beastie Boys issue Ill Communication. On Grand Royal/Capitol. (Songs are "more issue-related".)

1995

1995: Australia: First year of the Bellingen Global Carnival, feasting on world music. This festival avoids presenting big names and concentrates on lesser-known but high quality talent. (World music remains big in Oz - see items on these pages re regular WOMAdelaide festival devoted to world music.)

1995: Rolling Stones tour in Tokyo sells 285,294 tickets and grosses $42.14 million, a world record till broken in July 2003.

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1996

1996: Awards presentation of Tamworth Country Music Festival becomes the first Australian Awards presentations to be featured in national Australian Pay TV.
(Milestone in history/development of Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia)

1996: A bizarre celebrity story from Afghanistan: As the Taliban come to power around Kabul in 1996, they have a mind to destroy the legend of "the Elvis" of their country, Afghanistan's most beloved pop musician, Ahmad Zahir. (Died about 1983.) Zahir like Elvis wore black hair, long sideburns and wide-collared shirts. His popularity has endured and also as with Elvis, his legend continues to grow. He mixed Eastern/Afghan and Western music to sing songs of love and pain, and God - if they were not modelled on Beatles or surf music. Hating his legacy, the Taliban in 1996 tried to destroy his grave. By 2003, a committee formed to restore the grave. (From an item in Editor Section, Weekend Australian, 5-6 April 2003)

1996: Choice cut from The Human League: The band's Phil Oakey has said, "We weren't very good, I have to say. We were a fairly rotten band until '96 or so. Because we came out of punk we thought you shouldn't rehearse."

1997

1997, Radiohead issues album, Paranoid Android.

1997: Establishment in Tamworth of the annually-held Australian College of Country Music via links between TAFE and CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia). A two-week school to nurture and train up-and-coming talent, for 21 singers, songwriters and instrumentalists. Some attention is given also to music industry studies and recording techniques.
(Milestone in history/development of Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia)

1997: Establishment in Tamworth, Country Music Capital of TREC (Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre). To become a major venue for use during annual Tamworth Country Music Festival and of course at other times during the year.

1997: Radiohead issues album, Paranoid Android.

1997: Unexpected death by drowning of phenomenally talented singer Jeff Buckley, son of Tim Buckley who died in 1975. Jeff Buckley's main legacy is probably his extraordinary album, Grace.

1997, Radiohead issues album, Paranoid Android.

1998

1998: Six of Australia's leading record companies combine to launch Fanfest, to showcase and promote newest talent in Australian country music circles. A series of concerts over several days.
(Milestone in history/development of Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia)

1998: Beastie Boys issue Hello Nasty on Grand Royal/Capitol.

1999

October 1999: About now, HoTM notices a series of in-depth articles in newspapers on electronic books, but oddly enough, such articles do not seem to make any notice on books of music notation/sheet music becoming available in such electronic formats. HoTM wonders: why would this be? Is it because the better-quality music notation software takes care of the situation acceptably?

1999: Organisers of Britain's Millennium Dome announce that the "song of the millennium" to be sung on next New Year's Eve would be The Beatles' All You Need Is Love.



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2000

AND NOW FOR - The most-played song of the Twentieth Century is a standard male lament: "You've lost that lovin' feeling'', as sung by the Righteous Brothers. (And a great song, too!)

1990s: Some top albums of the decade are regarded as: Nirvana with "Nevermind", Jeff Buckley, "Grace", Massive Attack, "Blue Lines", Pulp, "Different Class" and Nick Cave with "The Good Son".




You can find an excellent music-and-recording history timeline at (Error 500 - can't connect): http://history.acusd.edu/gen/recording/notes.html


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For useful lists of songs songs songs by year. etc – and very impressive – see compilations at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Songs_by_year





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