Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by colmon » Thu May 27, 2010 11:11 am

+1 for laurie spiegel! she immediately came to mind when i saw the thread title, it seems she's a severely underrated synthesist generally, not just on here

some others:

roberto cacciapaglia, producer of the classic lost synth pop album by ann steel



haruomi hosono, founder member of ymo, early champion of sampling and video game music, master of the kurzweil k250



dave harrow, producer for anne clark and sometime collaborator with psychic tv, this dude is basically responisible for ebm. 1982 bitches:



tom ellard, member of australian industrial group severed heads, master of the ensoniq mirage, taught skinny puppy how to use their synths properly


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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by Micke » Thu May 27, 2010 4:45 pm

Duncan Mackay - Need I say more?

alright, here's a biography on this superb musician:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/duncan_mackay.htm

Duncan Mackay/The Opening (from the album "Chimera", 1974)


This album is freakin' awesome imo! Duncan made another solo album in late '76 called "Score"
and that is pretty darn great as well. I highly recommend these two, especially "Chimera".

EDIT: Regarding the first track above, "The Opening": it's a bonus track that was added to the album when it
was re-issued on CD recently. Obviously it's got a more modern sound than the rest of the material
and from what I understand it was recorded in the early '90s.

Duncan Mackay/Gin Sing (from the album "VISA", 1980)


Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel (live on Musikladen 27/01/1976)


Steve Harley - Here Comes The Sun (TOTP 22-07-1976)


The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977)

On this track/album (recorded in early '77) Duncan played a CS-50 that Yamaha had lent him
to use until his CS-80.arrived from Japan. According to Duncan he had the 1st CS80 in the UK
and he would make good use of it on the following two APP albums.

Duncan Mackay/Sirius III Mark II (1981)
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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by loungedumore » Fri May 28, 2010 12:34 am

The list of musicians I own works of not listed on VSE is staggering and about at 90% lol
However I'll add one to the list I can't recall seeing here JG Thirlwel
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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by masstronaut » Fri May 28, 2010 1:47 pm

colmon wrote:roberto cacciapaglia, producer of the classic lost synth pop album by ann steel
I really like his Sonanze album for Cosmic Couriers.


colmon wrote:dave harrow, producer for anne clark and sometime collaborator with psychic tv, this dude is basically responisible for ebm. 1982 bitches:
And "What Time Is Love" ;)

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Post by Virgule » Fri May 28, 2010 2:56 pm

:)
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Post by Virgule » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:07 am

:)
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Post by Virgule » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:55 am

:)
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Post by de raaf » Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:34 pm

joel vandroogenbroeck made some excellent library records (coloursound) some full electronic, some combination etc
amazing stuff

roger roger aka cecil leuter
& nino nardini

reinhard lakomy (ddr synth wizard!!!)


david pritchard

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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:00 pm

Don't think they're mentioned here much-

Mira Arroyo
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Emily Haines
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Post by memory cords » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:08 pm

loungedumore wrote:The list of musicians I own works of not listed on VSE is staggering and about at 90% lol
However I'll add one to the list I can't recall seeing here JG Thirlwel
I don't think JG Thirlwell used many synths at all, most of his music is created with samplers (Fairlight and Emulator I think) and drum machines only.

His music is certainly interesting and original though. That Steroid Maximus instrumental jazz project he did was cool.

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Post by memory cords » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:18 pm

LesDeuxLoveOrchestra wrote:The Blue Nile, especially the "Hats" album, has the most beautiful synths i have heard. heartbreakingly great.
From several interviews I've read with the band, most of the synth sounds on that album are the Roland Jupiter 8.

Paul Joseph Moore (Blue Nile keyboardist) quote from November 1991 in 'Home Studio And Recording' magazine' :

"We used a lot of Roland gear - almost exclusively a Jupiter 8 on HATS".

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Post by memory cords » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:29 pm

Logan 5 wrote:Has anyone heard anything by the Frenchman Bernard Szajner?
I first investigated him in the early 80s after reading about him inventing the Laser Harp that JMJ used.I tracked down his album "Some Deaths take Forever" (1980)on vinyl and it was amazing.
Years later I found it re-issued on CD.It has lots of great vocoder work,modular synths and some very un-nerving production techniques.
Before "Some Deaths Take Forever" Bernard Szajner released a great album under the name ZED called "Visions Of Dune" in 1979. It's good... a bit more like conventional 70's progressive synth music than "Some Deaths Take Forever", which is more experimental.

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Post by memory cords » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:46 pm

lost cause wrote:I've searched for both these guys and neither of them have been mentioned yet:

Ian Boddy. He released a fantastic LP in '83 called 'The Climb'. One of my all time favourite synth LP's. Nice gear list, driving rhythms, cool sequences and some beautiful analogue sounds. Features 303/606 basslines/drums throughout. Well worth checking out. His next LP was 'Spirits' - a marriage of synths and real drums... which I totally hated! After that he got a job working for Akai in the UK and also produced a couple of sample CD's.
Ian Boddy is still putting out albums. His last album 'Slide' (from 2008) was good.

He also did a collaboration project with Mark Shreeve called ARC, their album "Fracture" from 2007 had some amazing tracks. Lots of sequences created with a Roland System 100m and a Moog Modular.

He also did a great collaboration with Robert Rich called "Lithosphere" in 2005, it's ambient music inspired by old sci-fi movies (think Tarkovsky's "Stalker" rather than "Star Wars").

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Post by stikygum » Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:33 am

Was Dwanye Goettel mentioned yet, because he should be. Not alive anymore rip, but what a talent he was.
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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by filtermod » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:22 pm

stikygum wrote:Was Dwanye Goettel mentioned yet, because he should be. Not alive anymore rip, but what a talent he was.
Yep. I mentioned both Dwayne and Cevin Key on p.2. :thumbsup:
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