Battlestar Galactica Cylon Theme On Eigenharp Alpha – The Geekiest Synth Jam Ever?

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This video captures a performance of the Battlestar Galactica Cylon All Along The Watchtower theme, performed on Eigenharp Alpha.

It’s always great to see the Eigenharp Alpha in action – but this could be the geekiest synth jam ever!

via gbevin:

I’ve been studying the Eigenharp Alpha for a few months and have been looking for a nice song to cover until my own compositions are finished. I accidentally stumbled into the melody of the Battlestar Galactica Cylon theme while jamming and thought it could be a perfect fit.

The theme is heard in the series by the final five Cylons and it’s a melody that Bear McCreary composed on top of the chords of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’. I continued improvising off of the piano song that the series’ character Kara Thrace is trying to remember and made my own version of it.

This arrangement on the Eigenharp Alpha features Tonehammer’s Emotional Piano, the Eigenharp’s natively modeled Cello, Orange Tree Samples Evolution Electric Guitar Strawberry, Studio Devil Amp Modeler Pro and FabFilter Twin 2. The drum loops are part of the extensive collection that ships with the Eigenharp.

At the end of the song it seems that I’m taxing my two year old MacBook Pro a bit too much and there’s some crackling since the CPU has trouble keeping up. It was fine while rehearsing, but recording at the same time seems to have pushed it over the edge, sorry about that. I should have expected this as these Kontakt sampler instruments are so detailed that some computers have trouble even playing them by themselves.

I hope you enjoy this performance nonetheless, do tell me what you think of it.


4 thoughts on “Battlestar Galactica Cylon Theme On Eigenharp Alpha – The Geekiest Synth Jam Ever?

  1. That. Is so very awesome. I'm looking forward to more videos like this as people learn how to use the Eigenharp properly.

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  2. Thanks for the compliment! I'll do my post to continue posting videos as I learn to play more songs and become better on the instrument. I've been only playing for a few months and it's clear that the Eigenharp Alpha can take years to master. I'm also looking forward to where it will take me and to see what others are going to be doing with it.

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  3. not bad – id prefer to see some more electronic type peices than the psuedo-acoustic stuff ppl are doing

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  4. Geert you do a better job at eigenharp demonstration than their lame demonstrators. But could you make some training vids one day how you actually play it and set up the scales, or approach it. I'm still a little confused if the scales all change about how you play it with any skills.

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