What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by iProg » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:13 am

In the intro to "Change your Mind" by Sharpe & Numan, there's a great Tubular sound. Not sure if it's the DX-7 though..

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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by Micke » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:16 pm

Micke wrote:Hey iProg, try to see if you can figure out what analog synths and drum machines Harold used on the instrumental score :D

In case you didn't know, Arthur Barrow arranged and played the synths on the vocal tracks composed by Giorgio Moroder,
the most famous undoubtedly being "Take My Breath Away".

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You didn't reply to this one yet so I'm re-posting....
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by iProg » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:49 pm

Micke wrote:
Micke wrote:Hey iProg, try to see if you can figure out what analog synths and drum machines Harold used on the instrumental score :D

In case you didn't know, Arthur Barrow arranged and played the synths on the vocal tracks composed by Giorgio Moroder,
the most famous undoubtedly being "Take My Breath Away".

@iProg

You didn't reply to this one yet so I'm re-posting....
Oh, sorry :D Forgot about it!

Hm, let's see..

Synths:
Fairlight CMI
Jupiter-8 (pad sounds...)
DX-7/TX-816
JX-3P?

Drum machines:

TR-808 on the anthem I think...
LinnDrum

(I used to play the anthem on electric guitar on my balcony in the summer evenings...lol)

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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by elphcoil » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:04 am

@mirt , funny the coil cover of tainted love was one of the 1st tracks to come to mind for me.
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by Micke » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:13 pm

iProg wrote:Oh, sorry :D Forgot about it!

Hm, let's see..

Synths:
Fairlight CMI
Jupiter-8 (pad sounds...)
DX-7/TX-816
JX-3P?

Drum machines:

TR-808 on the anthem I think...
LinnDrum

(I used to play the anthem on electric guitar on my balcony in the summer evenings...lol)

Bravo, you almost got it right :D

Top Gun instrumental underscore

Gear used:
Fairlight CMI
Jupiter-8 (pad sounds...) plus Oberheim OB-8
DX-7/TX-816
JX-3P?
Yamaha QX1

Drum machines:

TR-808 on the anthem I think...
LinnDrum --Faltermeyer told me it was a LM-1 but maybe he just remember it wrong, after all it's 25 years ago.

The following gear was used on the vocal tracks (music arranged and performed by Arthur Barrow):

Roland Jupiter-8
Emulator II
DX-7
Linndrum

Take My Breath Away:
stacks of vocal synth sounds, plus a sample of Barrow's voice on an s612 going "ah", dx7 stock "fretless" bass.
The voice sample was part of the stackeds up wash of sound through the whole song

Barrow told me they recorded 5 or 6 whole tracks in different keys for various possible singers.

cheers,
Micke
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by redchapterjubilee » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:03 pm

Is the same Arthur Barrow that played bass with Frank Zappa in the late '70s?
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by Micke » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:07 pm

Yes, same guy.
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by portland » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:04 pm

colmon wrote:actually it looks more like an mc-4
I was thinking QX1, but I think you're right about that.
Whatever it is, it's an interesting piece of music.

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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by Z » Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:22 am

Heard Paul Hardcastle's "19" this morning - not exactly tubular bells, but close. Great track.

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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by iProg » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:53 pm

Micke wrote:
iProg wrote:Oh, sorry :D Forgot about it!

Hm, let's see..

Synths:
Fairlight CMI
Jupiter-8 (pad sounds...)
DX-7/TX-816
JX-3P?

Drum machines:

TR-808 on the anthem I think...
LinnDrum

(I used to play the anthem on electric guitar on my balcony in the summer evenings...lol)

Bravo, you almost got it right :D

Top Gun instrumental underscore

Gear used:
Fairlight CMI
Jupiter-8 (pad sounds...) plus Oberheim OB-8
DX-7/TX-816
JX-3P?
Yamaha QX1

Drum machines:

TR-808 on the anthem I think...
LinnDrum --Faltermeyer told me it was a LM-1 but maybe he just remember it wrong, after all it's 25 years ago.

The following gear was used on the vocal tracks (music arranged and performed by Arthur Barrow):

Roland Jupiter-8
Emulator II
DX-7
Linndrum

Take My Breath Away:
stacks of vocal synth sounds, plus a sample of Barrow's voice on an s612 going "ah", dx7 stock "fretless" bass.
The voice sample was part of the stackeds up wash of sound through the whole song

Barrow told me they recorded 5 or 6 whole tracks in different keys for various possible singers.

cheers,
Micke
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by ted1986 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:12 am

@ Micke and iProg

In fact, "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun sort of sounds like it has a variation of the DX7 tubular bells preset. It's not very prominent, but it's there, mainly in the chorus.

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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by Micke » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:45 pm

I just relistened to the song and you're right, there's definitely a bell-like sound in the background during the chorus.
Arthur Barrow did use the DX-7 for the bass part so it's very likely he used it for the bell sound too.
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by xenomorph313 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:37 pm

Could Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" album would be referring to the DX7's sounds?
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by 3rdConstruction » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:23 am

I hope you're just kidding. Oldfield's Tubular Bells came out around 1973, & the DX7 wasn't released until sometime in the early 80's.
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Re: What 80s songs can the DX7 Tubular Bells be heard on?

Post by 3rdConstruction » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:36 am

I would also wager that the patch name "Tubular Bells" is an homage to Oldfield's album, since before that came out, nobody outside of orchestral musicians knew what tubular bells were.
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