I’m a huge admirer of François Rauber. He’s one of the most prolific arrangers in the classic chanson française, working with Jacques Brel from the 3rd album until the end, and collaborating with just about any French singer in the 1960s and ’70s. His arrangements are incredibly diverse, touching on just about any style, always with great taste, great sensibility to the lyrics, and great craftsmanship. Below is a very interesting interview from 1983 with Rauber, when times were changing and synthesizers and multitrack recording had taken over.
This one is for the geeks: a 30 minute Apple infomercial from 1988 about making music on the Mac, featuring Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Chick Corea, Tony Williams, and many others, as well as some unbelievable haircuts. This is the early infancy of the technology, and it’s a reminder of how revolutionary even the most basic functions were when they were introduced.