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Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by moxo » Mon May 25, 2009 2:15 am

Hi there

Can anyone ID the synth in this picture please?
I'm curious to know more about it :)

many thanks


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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by hfinn » Mon May 25, 2009 2:19 am

Not a synth. It's a Yamaha YC-30 organ.

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by moxo » Mon May 25, 2009 2:25 am

ahhhhh
thanks!

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon May 25, 2009 2:38 am

Why's the guy playing it on a lean like that? I've seen a few people do that. Looks silly to me
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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by tim gueguen » Mon May 25, 2009 3:15 am

That's how they play it on his planet.
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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by funk5 » Mon May 25, 2009 4:29 am

tyrannosaurus mark wrote:Why's the guy playing it on a lean like that? I've seen a few people do that. Looks silly to me
Seriously, you're calling Sun Ra "the guy"?

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by GeneralBigbag » Mon May 25, 2009 4:03 pm

tyrannosaurus mark wrote:Why's the guy playing it on a lean like that? I've seen a few people do that. Looks silly to me
It's mostly cause he's some sort of god, sent from outer space. Silliness doesn't begin to capture the Sun Ra experience - I recommend starting with Space Is The Place, then checking out Atlantis, Angels+Demons, and Heliocentric Worlds Vol 2 :)
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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by pflosi » Mon May 25, 2009 4:35 pm

SUN RA IS THE MAN!

I mean, THE alien

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by Bitexion » Mon May 25, 2009 5:23 pm

I've seen several prog keyboardists play like that nowadays. Jens Johannson for instance always has the DX7 at 45 degree angle to his hands.

It is to prevent bending your wrist when standing. If you look at your hands when you stand, they are pointing more vertically than horisontally. So an angled-upwards keyboard is more natural than having to bend the wrists to reach the keys. Keytar players also use that technique since the keyboard is then hanging at waist-height.

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by masstronaut » Mon May 25, 2009 5:30 pm

The girl in Pulp would play a Farfisa like that.

Sun Ra also had a Crumar Spirit.

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by pflosi » Mon May 25, 2009 5:55 pm

sun ra had few synths. he was given one of the first minimoog prototypes... which he never gave back

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by 5c&3r » Mon May 25, 2009 5:56 pm

tyrannosaurus mark wrote:Why's the guy playing it on a lean like that? I've seen a few people do that. Looks silly to me
To maximize shreddage!

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by masstronaut » Mon May 25, 2009 6:03 pm

pflosi wrote:sun ra had few synths. he was given one of the first minimoog prototypes... which he never gave back
He needed it to operate his spaceship.

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by pflosi » Mon May 25, 2009 6:15 pm

so maybe it came here through him? or how did he come down to earth without it?

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Re: Sun Ra synth ID?

Post by Micke » Mon May 25, 2009 6:29 pm

pflosi wrote:sun ra had few synths. he was given one of the first minimoog prototypes... which he never gave back
Yeah that's correct, the Minimoog model B prototype can be seen behind him in this shot

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It seems that Moog & Co. built two specimens of the model B because there's one
at the Audities Foundation Museum.
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