Here’s a bizarre synth sighting….
Movie goers who take in DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens are treated to cameo by the vintage Yamaha DX7 synthesizer.
In an attempt to make peace with the aliens aboard a UFO that has landed in the United States, an animated President (Stephen Colbert) performs the familiar alien melody from Close Encounter of the Third Kind. When that doesn’t seem to be working, he breaks into Axel F from Beverly Hills Cop.
The Yamaha DX7 was one of the most popular digital synthesizers ever created, manufactured from 1983 to 1986. The DX7 family has been used by Stevie Wonder, Depeche Mode, Babyface, U2, The Cure, Elton John, Toto, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beastie Boys, Herbie Hancock, Queen, Talking Heads, and now, the President.