Here’s a contemporary television commercial for the introduction of the Mattel Optigan – a sample playback keyboard. It was introduced in 1971 and produced through 1976.
Optigan.com has released a pair of new sound library discs for the Vako Orchestron, Solo Trumpet and Solo Trombone.
Solo Trumpet is a new sound for the Orchestron. This is an actual acoustic trumpet sound, taken from the original Optigan/Orchestron master tapes, but never actually heard on any Optigan or Orchestron disc, until now.
This video offers an audio demo of the vintage Crumar Multiman (1975), a staple of seventies head music, trippy rock songs and Berlin School electronic musicians.
Hollow Sun notes:
Their pianos were fairly horrible it must be said sounding nothing like either a piano or even a Rhodes or Wurlitzer but their Organizer gave a pretty good account of itself as a Hammond subsitute.
However, their strings synths were exemplary and rivalled the sought after (and considerably more expensive) ARP String Ensemble.
Optigan.com has introduced a new sound disc for the vintage sample playback keyboard, the Vako Orchestron.
The new disc, Solo Female Voice, features the voice of Tara Busch, singing “ahh” across the range of the keyboard.
The disc is available now, in a limited run of 30 discs, for $99. Details below. Continue reading
Pirate Bob Weigel looks at the Elka Panther organ, inside and out, and offers his maintenance tips:
This unit is actually going to be used by “The Like” and was purchased by Pete Thomas recently for the band his daughter plays drums in.
I love as I mention the construction, but, if you get one, plan on replacing all those 61 electrolytic capacitors and possibly the lamp for the tone decay (which is a decay envelope for the mixture tabs.)
Optigan.com’s Pea Hicks has issued a Call for Submissions for an upcoming Optigan disc, Musique Concrète:
In December 2010 we plan to release an experimental Optigan disc called “Musique Concrète,” which will essentially be a collage of 57 sound loops in the tradition of early electronic studio tape music.
We’re completely disregarding the Optigan paradigm of chords and keys, and simply assigning a different abstract sound loop to each chord button and key. We thought that the most interesting approach for this disc would be to invite Optigoners everywhere to submit sound loops of their own making (please, no samples from commercial or copyrighted sources), from which we’ll choose the best for inclusion on the disc.
All sounds chosen for inclusion on the disc will fall under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Unused sounds will revert back to their respective creators.
The deadline is Nov. 1st, 2010.
You can submit as many loops as you like, the only real rules being that the loops must be exactly 2 seconds long (or we’ll alter them to fit that length) and in mono.
Musique concrète samples for a failed music toy from 30 years ago?
Check the Optigan site for more details and then go get your Musique concrète on.
Musique concrète is the name for the style of electronic music, pioneered by Pierre Schaeffer, based on the tape manipulation of recorded sound.
2010 NAMM Show: Waldorf is showing the Zarenbourg electric piano styled keyboard instrument.
According to Waldorf, the Zarenbourg is for “keyboardists who want to spank the plank”.
We’re thinking that something may be lost may be lost in translation on that – but if do happen to be a plank-spanking keyboardist – this thing is it. Continue reading