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Swell Tone

If you’re going to play it out of tune, then play it out of tune properly.

Mark E Smith, Renegade, Viking, 2008


A studio sound engineer’s hand rests on the controls of a Mackie mixing console.

Mixing things up with the web — some of our favourite sites and sources on the internet. It’s a long list. Photograph by Rana Mullan





Quite a few songs in the long history of the Eurovision Song Contest have been wonderfully nonsensical: the Turkish entry in 1983, Opera by Çetin Alp and The Short Waves, consisted entirely of the word opera repeated over and over, while Spain’s winning entry in 1968, La La La by pop chanteuse, Massiel, contained no fewer than 138 la’s.