What's This That Afrika Bambaataa is Playing?

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Post by Bitexion » Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:55 am

Check out their biggest hit of the 80's, Looking for the Perfect Beat.
Drenched in fat synths. It was a major breakdance song.

Here's another breakdance song, Planet Rock, complete with crazy costume


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Post by hageir » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:38 pm

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ROFLMAO! But what is this electro funk that's drivin' y'all crazy?

hehehehe :)

It's so funny that people actually think that it's that LL Cool J song when it was originally 'Planet Rock' by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force.
People are so dumb, better yet, sampling that track is dumb!
It should be a chained down, locked away and 'aaha, no touching' museum piece.
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Post by THM » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:18 pm

"Planet Rock" was made with a.o. a Roland TR-808 (the booming bass drum) and a Roland vocoder (I think the SVC-350). Read in an interview with Africa Bambaata...
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Post by Micke » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:11 pm

"Planet rock" also contains a variation on the main-theme from For a few dollars more (music by Ennio Morricone).
And "Bambaata's theme" is a cover of John Carpenter's "Assault On Precinct 13".

At least the man's got a good taste :-)

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Post by StepLogik » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:01 pm

The synth sounds used in those old electro tracks is bigger than life. Big fat chord stabs, etc.

I'd love to know the gear and production techniques for classics like Computer Age Push the Button, etc

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Post by ronmcdonald » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:24 pm

I've been wondering the same thing for years. So far i'm guessing that it was mostly the kind of stuff avalable in the early eighties, such as Prophet 5, Oberheim OBXa and DMX, Roland Jupiter, TB-303, SH-101, TR-808 etc. As for effects, that's what makes most of the best tunes. I'd love to know what Newcleus were using.

Man Parrish has a page up with a list of all his hardware: http://www.manparrish.com/photos/

Some mislabelled stuff there, but it's an insight into what might have been around the studio back then. Apparently he made 'Hip-Hop, Be-Bop' in the same studio Arthur Baker and John Robie were using for 'Planet Rock'.

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