12 thoughts on “Pat Metheny Explains The Synclavier In 1986

  1. This video is on youtube since five years; I’ve already seen it some years ago and I suppose most other people have seen it too. Wondering why you post it.

  2. Maybe as a reminder of having higher goals and a solid work ethic. Maybe as a reminder that I can do with my $2k iMac what a $200k Synclavier was once required to do, with a MUCH friendlier GUI. Maybe to nudge people to check out Pat’s keyboard player Lyle Mays, whose playing is jaw-dropping. Maybe to encourage more people to play tuned cow and wolf solos. Are you MAN enough to take the Tuned Cow Solo Challenge??

  3. They post it so that others that have not seen it can.

    Not even sure why that’s a question.

    I saw Return of the Jedi in the theater….why is it on DVD?

  4. Seems like a stand up guy. Only recently discovered Metheny’s music, but I’ve quickly become a big fan. 80s jazz seems to be sort of out of vogue at the moment, so I’ve managed to snatch up a sizable chunk of his discography for practically nothing. Great albums, and all very different from one another.

    1. Good point about 80s music not being in vogue, but if I really look hard at the dates, too much 90s music is a washed-out copy of a copy of a copy. It reaches into the 21st century as well. I hear as many bands trying to sound like Maroon 5 as not. Where’s the RANGE, where every band sounds a bit different? 70s and 80s: lots of left-field experimentation & “risks,” more striking indy labels like EG Records, more original electronic music and even more original comedy. The 90s: Welcome to the wide world of retreads and labels so limiting that they can strangle a style. If I dig a bit, I can find various oases that cater to what I personally like in greater detail, but pirating is slowly going to wither many a good musician’s ability and even desire to put new music out there. A major work like Godley & Creme’s “Consequences” would be stillborn. Only 1 person in 50 now would have the patience to listen to what was originally a 3-LP set. On the positive side, I recommend Michael Brook, David Torn and Fred Frith as 3 guitarists who couldn’t be more different, but each one has a unique punch I respect. Brook has been more of a side man and producer, but he makes something new out of his personal blend of guitar synth and studio-as-instrument. Always dig deeper; sometimes a side man will release a solo work that makes your jaw drop.

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