Arpeggiators in 1976?

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Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby DontGoToCollege » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:43 pm

In the "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (Gordon Lightfoot)...

I hear what sounds like an arpeggiator here at 2:38
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From what I read online, it seems that it was either a Moog Apollo or Polymoog.

It sounds like an arpeggiator to me, but maybe it is a skilled keyboardist.

Did these synths have arpeggiators?
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Re: Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby meatballfulton » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:47 pm

No arpeggiators on Moogs of that period. Read this thread about early arpeggiators.

Gene Martynec did the synth work, he was a Canadian rock musician who later became a record producer. While he was playing guitar and keys in the band Kensington Market in 1969 they used a Moog modular (reportedly costing $18,000 at a time when a Volkswagen cost $2,000) played by it's owner John Mills-Cockell on their second album. Soon after Martynec studied electronic music at the conservatory level beginning in 1970 and played synths on Lou Reed's Berlin in 1973.

His credit on Edmund Fitzgerald is for "Moog synthesizer". So my guess it's a sequenced Moog modular.
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Re: Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby DontGoToCollege » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:03 am

Excellent info. Thanks...
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Re: Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby fh991586 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:10 am

Long story short: the dedicated arpeggiator function on a synth seemed to have first been available on Roland's Jupiter 4 (1978) & keyboard 184 from System 100m (1979).
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Re: Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby tim gueguen » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:33 pm

John Mills-Cockell went on to form the electronic music group Syrinx. Their song "Tillicum," written as the theme to the CTV network series Here Come the Seventies, was the first electronic music single to break into the top 40 in Canada. It peaked at 38 on the RPM charts in 1971.

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Re: Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby Z » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:44 am

There's also this thing called musicianship. Check out Jim Gilmour playing arpeggios on a CS80

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Re: Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby noonan » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:03 pm

Z wrote:There's also this thing called musicianship. Check out Jim Gilmour playing arpeggios on a CS80


Thanks for the vid!
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Re: Arpeggiators in 1976?

Postby Zamise » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:05 pm

Maybe it is a square or S&H lfo, or multiple lfos, routed to pitch? It souds like a stepped sine wave on pitch.
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