Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Got Tickets & Spinning LPs! On Tour (2011)

OMD is coming to North America.

I just purchased my tickets for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in concert. I’m really excited. I know most people I know tend to get most excited about new music. I get excited about new albums all the time. Especially, the ones made by veteran musicians I admire. However, when they are bands that bring me back to my pre-teen and teenage years, my level of excitement tends to go up…way up!

Below are the albums I have been playing all day. I started the marathon when I purchased my tickets. These LP’s also happen to be my favorite OMD records. The first 3 on the list are slightly less commercial. They feature the un-techie Korg Micro-Preset for starters as well as some other analog gems like the Korg MS-20 and Roland SH-2 monophonic synthesizers. Those albums are also filled with lots of synthesizers and analog goodness.

By the time Crush and Junk Culture were released OMD were deep into the Fairlight CMI and their EMU Emulators (samplers), and perhaps less into the analog synthesizer, but I still think they were making some good very records then. Crush was one among the early LP’s I purchased. It was released in 1985 and I purchased it with my allowance money. The others I purchased after playing Crush repeatedly for months and wanting to hear more. I remember there was a great record buyer at Odyssey Records on Las Vegas Boulevard that would order them for me. The only record shop I know of that was open 24 hours a day. Actually, I remember this record buyer would special order most of my records and cassettes. It didn’t hurt that he lived across the street from me. I sort of idolized him a little too cause he was much older than me. He was the only record shop employee that would treat a young kid like me like the serious record buyer, which I was!

My Favorite OMD LP’s:
1.Organisation (1980)
2.Architecture & Morality (1981)
3.Dazzle Ships (1983)
4.Crush (1985)

Andy McCluskey (OMD) talks about Enola Gay


A Brief History of the Minimoog Monophonic Analog Synthesizer (1970-1981)

It’s like an infomercial, really! Nonetheless, it’s a chance for the Moog and synthesizer fiends to watch some great musicians play the Moog Minimoog and hear once again, why the Moog Minimoog was such an important instrument for Electronic, Jazz, and some long-haired prog-rockers.

The Minimoog (a monophonic analog synthesizer) was invented by Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog. It was orginally released in 1970 by R.A. Moog Inc. (Moog Music after 1972), and production was stopped in 1981. The Moog was re-designed by Robert Moog in 2002 and released as the Minimoog Voyager.

Also, if you want to see Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) with his Minimoog go here.

From Youtube:
Follow the life of the Minimoog Synthesizer from its inception through its prolific contributions to popular music throughout the last 4 decades.

In this first installment documenting the journey of the Minimoog synth through the 1970’s, we explore the musicians and the people that were instrumental in bringing the instrument to prominence. We also sit with one of Moog Music’s earliest engineers, Bill Hemsath, who recalls the process of the Minimoog’s birth and sheds some light on what sets the Moog synthesizer apart from other analog synths.

See more Moog history here: http://www.moogmusic.com/legacy

Synthesizer Candy: John Foxx,The Maths Talk Synthesizers @ The Roundhouse (Camden)

John Foxx, Benge & Steve D’ Agostino walk the fine folks at Future Music magazine through their live setup. The video interview takes place at The Roundhouse Camden, UK before one of their live shows.

Here is a list of what you can find in the video…

  • ARP Odyssey synthesizer
    Roland VP-330 Vocoder (used on The Garden)
    Simmons Electronic Drums
    Digitech Vocalist II
    Behringer Composer
    Roland Juno 60 synthesizer
    Moog Minimoog
    Korg 700s synthesizer
    Korg Mono/poly Synthesizer
    Roland Space Echo RE-201
    Yamaha CS1x (CS2x) virtual analog synthesizer
    Roland System 100m modular synthesizer
    Roland SH-2 synthesizer
    EDP Wasp Synthesizer
    MIDI keyboard controller
    Synthesizers.com modular
    Boss Delay
    Ampex 456 (Reel to Reel)
    David Smith Mopho Synthesizer
    Maestro Phase Shifter Pedals
    Spirit Line Mixer
    Analog Flanger
    Roland TR-808 drum machine
    Roland SPDX SDSV Electronic drum pads
    Korg Mono/Poly Synthesizer
    Roland SH-101 monophonic synthesizer

One EMU Drumulator, One Yamaha Tenori-on, One Oberheim Four Voice Synthesizer (Pepe Mogt Gets Busy)

Check out Pepe Mogt aka Latinsizer getting busy with his Yamaha Tenori-On, Oberheim 4 Voice synthesizer and EMU Drumulator.

In case you’re wondering, you may also know him from being a longstanding member of the Nor-tec Collective. This is an alternative to the Nor-tec and Fussible sound we have grown to love. Mogt describes it as part synth-pop classics and part urban Tijuana. Sounds good and we can’t wait to hear more.

For more on Pepe Mogt go here. There you will find lots of synthesizer goodness and lots of visual synthesizer candy.

From Youtube.com:
Here is another jam with the tenori-on as Midi-CV-Gate controller for Drumulator and Oberheim FVS-1 Four voice, using the MPU-101 and Analogue solutions MT16 midi to trig interface. Noise and distortion included.