On Wednesday (28th June), Peter Gabriel's Real World studios is launching a remix competition, based on the multitrack from 'Shock The Monkey.' Stef from Real World says: "The sample pack is pretty much a who's who of your fave retro synth
and studio tech including Fairlights, Prophet 5's, Linn Drums, Ground
Hum and Headphone Bleed etc..." Shock the Monkey was recorded in 1981-2, and was the first thing Peter made with his new Fairlight CMI: "I'd been dreaming for some time of an instrument that could sample stuff from the real world and then turn it, make it available on a keyboard. Larry Fast told me that he thought he'd heard rumours of such an instrument. It was £10,000 which seemed an unearthly amount of money, got very excited with this thing, it's called the Fairlight. I spent a lot of time then collecting sounds going to factories and the university, getting interesting samples that were then used on that record and the ones after, it was really one of the key things that gave that record a different sound." Here is a QT clip of Peter talking about recording the track.
On wednesday, you can download the samples from Real World Remixed, which is also has multitracks of various world music things. The competition runs until the end of September, and the winner gets a SSL Duende - the £1,000 console-in-a-box which Chris at Analog Industries is lusting after.
PS: Here is the story of how Peter Gabriel spent time at Georgia State Uni trying to teach Bonobo monkeys to play keyboards.