It has taken me a while to get hold of the whole collection of Muzik magazine; for me, the bible of the mid 1990s for music information. It was the only music publication that made it to the Canary Islands, and the only one that kept you updated about good music at the time (think Mo Wax, Yellow Productions, Warp, and thousand others). Their single/album reviews were a ritualistic read, both difficult and illuminating – my level of English was poor. Muzik was the best for me for three years at least… then I discovered Jockey Slut! But that’s another story.
What we have here folks, exactly 16 years after, is the first issue scanned, and made searchable. This means, that you just need to type any word (that is written in the mag) on your computer search engine, and it will be highlighted for you.
The potential for this is enormous. The main winners would be those who are working in music writing or doing academic research related to electronic music. Many of the scans you will have here over the next months come from somebody else and not me. These, have been properly scanned at very high resolution. Excellent work. Others, are mine. The conversion of regular PDF (image) to fully searchable one (image/text PDF) is mine, and ladies… it is bloody time consuming but very rewarding when you have the final product as you wanted it.
Muzik mags or any other printed publication of the 1990s are difficult to come across and non-existent in libraries. They flourished and perished without not many noticing the source of good reviews, interviews and club reportage that was done at the time , and that needed to be conserved. So I thought that making it handy to the public or those interested in a good witty read, deserve to have them, so there you go.
Just download it from the link below and enjoy.
I will be working on digitizing and converting to readable PDF my collection of Jockey Slut, which is not complete but it covers the whole spectrum of the golden era of UK dance music. And then, Wax Poetics… if I am not told of.
PS. the file size is relatively large (some around 200 mb). This is due to the hi-rez that they have and the fact, again, that they are searchable.