The latest SynthMania video takes a look at recreating the iconic bassline from Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford’s Fame, using a large-format modular synthesizer.
The goal of the video is to demonstrate how the Fame sequence can be recreated using a 5U modular synth, not to recreate the exact process originally used. The sequencer used in this demo, the Synthesizers.com Q119, is a modern design, but a similar approach could be used with a Moog 960 sequencer and a sequential switch to create a 16-step sequence.
Here’s what host Paolo Di Nicolantonio has to say about the video:
I couldn’t find much information on the synth used, other than the synth player in this song is Ken Bichel, a very famous NY keyboard session player: and I’ve seen photos of his ARP 2600, but he was also in Gershon Kingsley’s First Moog Quartet, so it could also be a Moog or other synth:
“Bichel attended the Juilliard School where he graduated with a master’s degree in piano performance in 1969. While at Juilliard he met Gershon Kingsley and Robert Moog, the inventor of the music synthesizer. He became a founding member of Kingsley’s First Moog Quartet, a live performance synthesizer ensemble, and was recognized as the preeminent synthesizer authority in the New York recording industry from that time on” –
If readers have more information, share it in the comments!