Sweet dreams are made of this

In 1983, Dave Steward bought one of these. It’s a drum machine, and he used it to create some of the greatest tracks the Eurythmics ever made.

It was the same year that saw the release of Return of the Jedi, Flash Dance and Tom Cruise slid between the doorway in Risky Business – just to put it into perspective.

What was he thinking when he saw this for the first time. Was it

a) it won’t ever replace a real drummer, I’d better ignore it or

b) whoa, what can I do with that!

Who knows, but he bought one and that’s all that really matters now.

My point is that even as the the alliance set out destroy the battle station’s shield generator on the forest moon of Endor, young Dave was messing about with technology. It is unlikely some record-suit was yeah-butting what he was doing, but trusting him that he would come up with new sounds and music that people would want to hear (and buy).

Here is what your kids starting school will be using by the time they leave school – except it will be $199 and sitting in your lounge room. Gesture devices are already here! – so seriously, if you’re dealing with people who <deny> the importance of games, virtual worlds …  sweet dreams will be made of this – freak them out.

But don’t worry, my educator friends – this kind of thing won’t impact learning and teaching (much).


2 thoughts on “Sweet dreams are made of this

  1. I bet his PhD friends sneered, “That thing is just a solution searching for a problem.”

    I recall seeing the Eurythmics in the early MTV days and thinking them as weird but after seeing them live in the mid 80s it changed completely, they sure rocked!

  2. I’m watching as my elem-age kids are doing summer “Daddy School” (that’s what they call summertime) math practice in the living room right now on the Wii.

    And a friend of mine who used to complain bitterly about electronic drums/instruments is now (15 years later) doing electronic music (and is happy).

    Go figure.

    If schools don’t incorporate the “new reality” models of “being” into the school environment/curriculum, then we should just stop using them (schools, that is).

    There are alternatives.


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