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Top 10 stories of the week: Anatomy of an Instrument - the musical saw, Ben Hillier interview, Worst recorded non-food sales

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Anatomy of an Instrument - the musical saw, Ben Hillier interview, Worst recorded non-food sales

The most popular article on MI Pro this week was our in-depth review of Flare Audio’s brand new Flares Pro wireless earphones.

The biggest story on MI Pro this week was our latest Anatomy of an Instrument feature, which looks at the weird and wonderful world of the musical saw.

Also big this week was our interview with producer and songwriter Ben Hillier, and the news that October saw the worst non-food sales growth since records began.

Check out all of the biggest stories this week below:
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1. Anatomy of an Instrument: The Musical Saw
Halloween came and went far too soon for our liking here at MI Pro HQ, so we thought we’d keep things spooky by finishing the week up with a look at an instrument that’s not only dangerously sharp, but also creates a sound you will now doubt have heard in numerous horror films.

2. INTERVIEW: Ben Hillier on making Nadine Shah's new album and how Blur and Depeche Mode shaped his songwriting
From Blur’s Think Tank (2003) and Elbow’s Cast of Thousands (2003), to Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine (2013) and this year’s critically acclaimed Holiday Destination by Nadine Shah, to say Ben Hillier has an impressive body of work is somewhat of an understatement.

3. Retailers see worst non-food sales growth since records began
The latest BRC – KMPG retail sales monitor has revealed that throughout October, sales of non-food items grew at the slowest pace since records began.

4. OPINION: Why is there's still no justice for Radiohead drum technician Scott Johnson?
In his latest MI Pro column, professional guitar technician Adi Vines warns that without pressure from the concert industry, the circumstances of the Radiohead stage collapse in 2012, which killed drum technician Scott Johnson, may never come to light…

5. CILLA - The Musical: Inside the musical instruments of the new theatre show
Following the successful television series, a new musical about Cilla Black has hit the boards.

6. Berklee Online launches first online master's degree program for music production and business
Since its initial launch in 2002, Berklee College of Music’s Berklee Online has evolved from offering virtual music courses to certificate programs to an undergraduate degree.

7. 5 questions for Fender Undiscovered winner Hattie Briggs
Last month, Fender hosted its first ever Undiscovered Artist of the Year event. On the night, London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hattie Briggs took home the Undiscovered Artist of the Year accolade.

8. Crowdfunding Corner: TheoryBoard, Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, Klein Bottle pedal, Field Kit FX
MI Pro checks out the latest musical instrument projects looking for backers, or recently funded, on popular crowdsourcing sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

9. Korg UK HangOuts
Korg UK has announced a series of consumer events called HangOuts, which will take place at various cities across the UK.

10. Audio-Technica introduces limited edition M50x studio monitor headphones
Audio-Technica has unveiled a limited edition of its acclaimed M50x studio monitor headphones, the first special release of the highly acclaimed M Series model.

Tags: Retail , top 10 , top stories , Anatomy of an Instrument , Ben Hillier , Musical Saw

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