Cult German Music and a Japanese Sequencer

From Alex Ball. A look at how the Korg MS-20 and SQ-10 sequencer were an intergral part of the sound of a group of German musicians in the late 70s and early 80s. 0:00 Intro 1:09 Der Mussolini – DAF 5:02 Los Niños Del Parque – Liaisons Dangereuses 8:10 Minimal Tape 3/7.2 – Pyrolator 10:48…

ARP’S FINAL MONOSYNTH

From Alex Ball. A look at the last monosynth ARP made, the Solus from 1980. This is the least known of the trio (Odyssey, Axxe, Solus) because it was only made for a few months before ARP went out of business. 0:00 Intro Demo 1:04 The ARP Solus 1:46 Demo: Solus System 3:06 VCOs 5:49…

Depeche Mode Drums

From Alex Ball. A look at a specific drum setup used by Depeche Mode and Daniel Miller on their album, Speak and Spell, from 1981. 0:00 Intro 0:51 KR-55 Snare 1:55 Interfacing Setup 3:23 ARP 2600 Daniel Miller Kick 7:32 Roland MC-4 8:14 Test it out 8:43 Alternative Gear / Sample Pack 9:34 Outro Jam…

McCartney’s Weird Sequence

From Alex Ball. I thought it would be fun to look at one of my favourite uses of the ARP Sequencer, which is in Paul McCartney’s "Temporary Secretary" released in 1980. I also thought it would be interesting to see what the song would sound like if everything was done on synths, rather than guitars,…

How the TRON Music was made

From Alex Ball. Back by popular demand, another filmscore breakown. This time we look at Wendy Carlos’ 1982 score to Tron. 0:00 Intro 0:49 Wendy Carlos 2:04 Tron – The Instruments 4:44 The Recording Rig 6:39 Cue Breakdown – Tron Theme 9:10 Cue Breakdown – Tron Scherzo 10:22 Cue Breakdown – We’ve Got Company 11:40…

Tony Banks’ Old Synth

From Alex Ball. Following on from our look at Genesis SP-12 sounds, here’s a look at Tony Banks’ Roland JD-800 that he used live throughout the 1990s. In this video, we have a listen to the tour patches stored on the instrument and get a little glimpse into how Genesis did things in front of…

What’s on these GENESIS floppy discs?

From Alex Ball. This was a very special opportunity indeed, and I really hope you enjoy it. In a nutshell, I got hold of an E-mu SP-12 from the 80s and then discovered that a friend, Andrew Ward, has some of Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford’s original floppy discs for it that are part of…

Geert’s P*rno Wah-Wah Guide

From Alex Ball. Veteran blue movie composer Geert Van Schlänger returns to give us his valued insight into the majestic wah-wah pedal. 0:00 Intro 0:28 The Wah-Wah Pedal 1:21 Basic Wah 2:49 Double Wah 4:47 Fuzz Wah 5:40 Summary 6:18 The Track Even though Alex Ball is a totally different guy to Geert, you may…