In a new interview, synth music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre explains why, despite all the advances in electronic music technology, he still has a love for vintage gear:
“Down the years I’ve collected a lot of different synthesizers. Lots of synthesizers are analogue and have a unique sound for me, like the modular Moog, Minimoog and Memorymoog and the big modulars, like the ARP 2500 and the ARP 2600, and the [EMS] VCS3 and the AKS, if you’re talking about the first old analogue synthesizers.
At one stage in time, people were craftsman – they had a special know-how, and skills that that you had to learn. That was true for acoustic instruments, and it’s also true for electronic instruments – there are certain things you can’t replicate.
Even the Moog, or a Fender electric guitar, could be made today with a great sound, but it can’t match the vintage one. The new Moog Voyager and all those kinds of instruments are great, but they’re tamer in a sense. They have a lot of good qualities, but they can’t match the original Minimoog, which has a kind of texture in sound and an untamed feel to it. The pitch isn’t regular, you have lots of problems – it creates accidents, and accidents are always exciting in music.”
via Resident Advisor