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Bonkers electronica

Dana Countryman seems like quite a guy. His website is devoted to the love of his life: loopy electronic music, specifically the stuff produced on Moog synthesizers in the 1960s and 1970s. To this end, Dana is working on an album, MOOG-tastic! Happy Electronic Music from the 24th Century. He’s hoping to release the CD any time now, and if the taster track Lovesick Martian Boy (which you can download from his site) is anything to go by, the album will be a stormer!

I love stuff like this. My first love of things technological revolved around old synths: the Mini-Moog, Roland Jupiter 8, PPG Wave, and so on and so forth. A school chum from way back, one Ian O’Brien (check out his albums, they’re excellent) even has a Prophet 5, the lucky son of a gun! Now, once upon a time I could recite the specs of hundreds of different synths, but alas never owned one. I was extremely sad when the BBC closed its world-famous Radiophonic Workshop and still own some recordings from them. For those not in the know, probably the track the workshop is most famous for is the theme to Dr. Who. What a tune.

Anyway, this is of course another hobby to which I can devote neither time nor money, but it’s great fun to dip into every now and again. There are stacks of sites devoted to old synths and the like. One good one is Vintage Synth Explorer.

The Dana Countryman link comes via Boing Boing. By way of rather a long-shot I should add that Dana is looking to track down the current copyright owners of Pickwick Records: if you can help, let him know (Stan?)!

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  3. Ben,

    If you're into old synthesizers, checkout http://www.vintagesynth.org . All the specs you can dream of :-)

    I still own a Roland Juno 106. Great sounds, but I'm not a really good player [smiley frown]

    Greetings from Belgium,

    JeroenJeroen Jacobs#
  4. Ah, yes -- the pleasures of patching for weeks on end without getting so much as a fart out of the machine. You could do some really cool stuff, provided the various oscillators and filters had had a good breakfast and no-one was on the outs with anyone. Oh, and in some cases, you needed to make sure that specific patch cords occupied specific positions so that whatever impedence characteristics they brought to the table could be relied upon. I remember the day that someone stepped on "Blackie" -- I never did get the space bees to work again….Stan Rogers#
  5. Indeed Stan; my hats off to the guys who actually attempted to play these things live on stage… Wow.

    Thanks for your post link Jeroen: your link reminded me that whilst I thought I'd linked to the VintageSynth site in the main post, my html was broken! Duly fixed.Ben Poole#
  6. Ben,

    Also check out this link : http://www.synthesizers.com/

    If I had the cash, I'd buy one :-)

    JeroenJeroen Jacobs#

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