Classitronica: Reader Mike Leghorn sent word, via the synthesizer forum, about his progress on a new synthesized arrangement of Holst’s The Planets. So far, Leghorn has completed his versions of Mars and Mercury.
Tackling The Planets is a huge and interesting undertaking. Tomita did a seminal synth cover in the 70’s, along with Patrick Gleeson. Others have been tackling the work since.
The various versions offer insight both into the musicians making the arrangements and times, because synth technology and tastes have changed so much in the last 40 years.
Check out Mike’s arrangement and let him know what you think. You can follow his progress on his SoundCloud page.