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This is the second piece that has come of my re-acquaintance with the Sequential Circuits Pro-One synth that has been collecting dust the last few years. All sequences were played using the internal clock and no midi was employed to synch passes or drive tracks. The result is some loss of control and some degree of drift - both things I like about analog instruments. Thanks to Lisa Purdy for her encouragement to keep playing with this machine - and to Philip Glass for filling my head with obvious inspiration.
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Uploaded: Jan 15, 2013 - 08:51:53 AM
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2013 - 09:07:02 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 11:43:43 PM
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particledots said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
man
i wish i had one of these
this is great kevin and i am glad you heeded lisa's encouragement
you think this will be your RPM direction then?
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bud said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Thanks Bryn
I'm thinking I might go with this as the main instrument for RPM. Adds a degree of difficulty being analog when it comes to drum programming. My TR-808 is not working well enough to use in tandem the way I used to.
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4nglo said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
throw in

some note bending? Cool bed to build on...

∠ō

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bud said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
No note bending -
you're hearing modulation. The bends will come later when I attempt some Emerson Lake and Palmer cover. Thanks for stopping by.
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Narad said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
silica
Twirrling and swirling ! Very nice silica experience ! :)
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bud said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Glad you enjoyed it
thanks!
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richard13 said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Tasty sounds
and no sand in my teeth or ears ;-) I'm happy for Lisa's encouragement too. Good luck with the RPM thing (that's a challenge, I think).
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bud said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
RPM Challenge
record a CD of music from scratch during the month of February. This will be my 4th participation. Unfortunately I can't include this.
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Char said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Mozart
would've loved having one of those. I can kind of picture him pounding away at that. Maybe, it just sounds as if you are pounding away. You had fun and now, so do we. Thanks.
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bud said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
No pounding - the sequencer does that part
I actually tape down some keys so I am free to play add-on notes freely while cycling through a chord. Nice to see you here Char.
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paul f. page said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Bill and Ted
Do you remember that scene from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure when a time-transported Beethoven was jamming on an electronic organ in a vast shopping mall? This reminded me of that scene. Such a cool instrument, Bud. Around 1:25 you seem to want to get into a melody, but it is fleeting. I wish you'd have gone there. Maybe it can be an overdub. The "sound" here is rich and warm and begs for further exploration. You have a gem...of a soundtrack and of an instrument.
(Is there a little hint of "The Shiek of Arabesque" in there?)
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bud said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
You give me too much credit
anything you hear is accidental. I do recall that Bill and Ted scene - now that you mention it. I will be exploring the sound of this instrument further.
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Henke said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
This is really cool
Looks like(!) the stuff my brother got himself in the 80's, e.g. a Korg Vocoder, and which he used in his duo band Datahysteri (lately available on iTunes Store, at least here in Sweden). This sounds more expensive than the stuff he got, but if that is the case it also paid off ;-) This has a mellow but full sound which I guess you wouldn't easily get from contemporary digital stuff... The Glass inspiration sure is obvious but no less well taken, so to speak.

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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bud said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Thanks Henke
I used this synth for a lot of recording in the eighties - as did quite a few popular bands. It was responsible for a lot of bass lines back then. What I find interesting is that it is challenging to record this digitally and get the same sound. Something about the headroom and warmth of tape gave it a different sound.
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peacepiano said 1592 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Warm
Lots of warm analog sounds. I like how the layered sequences interact in the second half. Interesting stuff, I have never had the opportunity to work with one of these old synths that I heard so much of growing up. Thanks.
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bud said 1591 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
The trick now for me
is start working more minimally and dig the great sounds this is capable of. Vince Clarke made great use of this instrument with Yaz.
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magnatone said 1591 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
silica
love this one Kevin! you're having some fun aren't you? (and all the better!!)
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bud said 1591 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Thanks Karen
I am having fun - and I have to stop until February. I can't use either of these last pieces on the RPM CD and I don't want to lose the spontaneity.
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alackbass said 1591 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
silica
Takes me back to those late 70s prof-rock records I loved so much. Are you sure this isn't a lost track from Relayer?
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bud said 1591 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
I assume you meant prog rock
though I do like the idea of prof rock - as in professorial. You are much too kind.
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tempie said 1591 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
anything you hear is accidental
some day i'm going to write that song. this is throwback cool. i envy anyone who can write instrumental music. if there are no bah-dah-dahs i lose patience. cool stuff, especially the repetitive part around 2:00
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Vic Holman said 1590 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
unique
cool tune. i really like the tones you conjured up on this kevin. at times i listen to older music with synths from the '70's and think, man... you just don't hear those great sounds anymore
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VicDiesel said 1590 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
Authentic analog goodness
It sounds like fun to have an actual unit rather than a plugin. Good fat, eh phat sound.
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awigze said 1590 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
did you say
Philip Glass? Philip Glass? Philip Glass? I've played one of these once.... wish I had one too. This sounds good, Bud.
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bud said 1590 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
I said Phil - Philip - Phil - Philip - Philip
Glass - Glass - Gla - Glass - Gla - Phil - Glass - Glas - Glass - Glass...
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Philip18 said 1589 days ago (January 18th, 2013)
Silica
Fascinating sounds and I like the energetic, rolling melody line. Good one!
Jarvoid said 1585 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
nice chunky synth sounds
like they used to be...you know I like analog,vinyl,magnetic tape and old bakelite telephones.....I suppose that I am living in the past.....cue a song ...I like the slight menace that is in the repeating phrase throughout this.....nice piece of kit......the song and the instrument....
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egobandit said 1580 days ago (January 27th, 2013)
Koyaanisqatsi
Drifting and letting the synth go I dont think it gets better than that looks like a real fun synth to work with there is a moment towards the end where it seems as if it all converges very cool!
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FEEL said 1567 days ago (February 9th, 2013)
It sounds fantastic
You have skill fully harnesses this into an enjoyable listen. I'm digging the analog sound and the way you tweak it from beginning to end. I believe there was a similar remake of this intrument introduced at the last NAMM show. Definetly something you want to hang on too.
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Relic67 said 1555 days ago (February 21st, 2013)
glassy
Wow, what a great sounding instrument.
I really like the arpeggios with the punchy riffs over top.
very cool stuff. thanks for posting!
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