New Surf Rock Optigan Disc

Optigan has announced Surf Rock – the latest in their growing line of limited edition sound discs for the rare vintage Optigan keyboard:

Surf’s up! It’s time to wax the board and catch a wave! is proud to present Surf Rock , featuring the vintage sounds of the 1960’s surf scene. For this music program disc, we’ve gone into the recording studio with a couple of SoCal’s best surf rockers.

Reverb enthusiast Matt Quilter is one-half of the guitar assault from the award-winning Reventlos whose quirky instro albums alternately intrigue and horrify surf music purists. In addition to his duties on guitar, he co-produced the documentary feature Pounding Surf!, an insider’s look at the SoCal surf music scene from 1961 to the present day. For the Optigan session, he chose from his arsenal a Fender Stratocaster played through a blond Fender Tremolux and Reverb unit, both from 1963.

Lee “Kix” rarely strays from playing Death-Surf / Afro-Billy music with the Reventlos. However in days past he has recorded with world famous instrumental guitar gods, The Ventures. As a veteran of many LinnDrum sessions, Kix is no stranger to having his drums sampled for posterity. The Optigan session was recorded with vintage 1960’s Oaklawn Camco drums, 20×14 bass drum and 14×5.5 metal snare. T he 12×8 and 14×10 toms used in the session were obtained when Kix was a Los Angeles Camco endorsee in the mid-70’s.

Guitar and Bass played by Matt Quilter.
Drums played by William Lee “Kix”.
Music arranged by Matt Quilter and William Lee “Kix”.
Music produced, edited, and mastered by Pea Hicks.
Engineered and Mixed by Jon O’Brien. Recorded at The Music Box Studios, Garden Grove CA
Disc creation software, disc production cover artwork and jacket layout by Robert Becker .
Cover artwork by Mark Crafford.

LEFT HAND: Bass, guitar, and drums.
RIGHT HAND: Tremolo electric guitar.
SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES: 1. Guitar Gliss, 2. Drums, 3. Tom-
Toms, 4. Snare Fill, 5. Guitar C Chord.

Be sure to check our other videos for a mini-documentary of the Surf Rock recording session!

Here’s a mini-documentary of the recording session for the Optigan Surf Rock disc, shot and narrated by Pat Quilter, co-founder of QSC Audio Products.

Featured are Matt Quilter (Pat’s brother) on bass/guitar and Lee Kix on drums. Matt and Lee are both members of The Reventlos. Also appearing are Pea Hicks (optigan guru), Robert Becker (new optigan disc guru) and Jon O’Brien (sound engineer).

via peahix

3 thoughts on “New Surf Rock Optigan Disc

  1. Do yourself a favor — click on the "announced" link and watch the 2nd video. In the first minute, the guy explaining the Optigan has some great hand motions. Freaking hilarious!

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