After four decades, it looks like the legacy of the Optigan optical sample playback keyboard will live on in a new instrument.… Read More New Prototype Optigan/Orchestron Disc Player (Sneak Preview)
iOptigan is a virtual Optigan on your iPad or iPhone, complete with all 40 original sound discs.… Read More Rare Optigan Sample Playback Keyboard Now Available As An iOS App, iOptigan
These recording are previously unreleased demos, having languished on the original studio master tapes for 45 years.… Read More ‘Lost’ Optigan Demos Offer A Vintage Intro To The Unusual Keyboard
Optigan.com has introduced a new Optigan sound disc, Darksophone. Darksophone features the work of indie rock veteran Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot). It includes the sound of musical saw, Marxophone, skeletal guitar and heavy drums. For those unfamiliar with the Marxophone, it’s a zither-like instrument that is played with a series of keys, which… Read More New Optigan Sound Disc, ‘Darksophone’
Optigan.com has introduced a new Vako Orchestron disc, DREHORGEL.
Optigan.com has introduced two new sound discs for the vintage Optigan, Glitchdelica & Guitarscape. Glitchdelica is an experimental rhythmic pattern generator. Forgoing the usual drums/chords/keys convention entirely, each button and key features a different loop, drawn from Optigan.com’s Pea Hicks’ archive of oddball instruments, electronics, and other sound sources.
Optigan.com has announced a new sound disc for the vintage Optigan keyboard – Triple Header 2: “By popular demand, we’ve ported three more Orchestron sounds to the Optigan, and have also dug into the Optigan master tape archives for more unreleased material recorded 40+ years ago, and only now seeing the light of day.”
Optigan guru Pea Hicks let us know about this video, which captures Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) test driving his restored and custom Optigan 35012.