Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by kayvon » Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:34 am

Still haven't got halfway through all the videos but I'm already pretty sold on the sound. I especially like some of the square wave sounds. Thanks again LWG.

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by japan » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:03 am

Mmmm, Weather Report wasn't a funk or a soul band, but made a very 'black' music...so, it's valid for me to talk about what synth played Joe there.
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by snsr » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:36 am

Enjoyed that playlist+info very much, LWG - thank you!

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:15 am

snsr wrote:Enjoyed that playlist+info very much, LWG - thank you!

You're Welcome!


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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:23 am

kayvon wrote:Still haven't got halfway through all the videos but I'm already pretty sold on the sound. I especially like some of the square wave sounds. Thanks again LWG.

You're Welcome! Actually, thank you for posting the topic. Many of the musicians involved with this type
of music, from the early seventies through early-to-mid eighties, are frequently overlooked.

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by Dj Pound » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:15 pm

japan wrote:Mmmm, Weather Report wasn't a funk or a soul band, but made a very 'black' music...so, it's valid for me to talk about what synth played Joe there.
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Joe Zawinul was quite the talent wasnt he. I have all of Weather reports albums, but Heavy weather is probably my favorite. Joe really went buckwild with the synths on that one :mrgreen:
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by japan » Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:00 pm

Yes, Joe was a very talented man, and Jaco was a big musician too...all in the band were talented, but these men, Joe and Jaco, were an outstanding combo.
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by C-stein » Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:26 pm

Thanks Lawrence for your extensive reply.

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Post by spookyman » Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:55 am

As a big Funk/Soul Music lover, and also owner of an OB-X, these videos are a real delight !

So great music, played by amazing musicians.

Thanks a lot for the youtube links...
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by 0e0 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:41 pm

anyone know the synth that made the solo lead in this Brass Construction track?



this thread is really dope btw!

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by kayvon » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:48 am

Actually, maybe I've had an example under my nose all this time in my CD collection. I have the Everybody loves the Sunshine album by Roy Ayers and there are a few two note polyphonic lines here and there, possibly a TVS-1?

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:41 am

0e0 wrote:anyone know the synth that made the solo lead in this Brass Construction track?



this thread is really dope btw!

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Hello,

Thats not played on an Oberheim. The synth tracks in Brass Construction of that period were played
by keyboardist, Randy Muller on a Minimoog.
Another good example of the sound is the track, "Get Up", from the BCIV release. Thats Muller on keys in the vid:



At that time, Randy Muller was writing producing, playing, and arranging for three bands simultaneously:
Brass Construction, Skyy, and Cameron, all of them Brooklyn-based.
Cameron, named after the lead vocalist, Rafael Cameron, had a different lineup of musicians than BC and Skyy.
The band (Cameron) dropped the horn section and had more synth/vocal-based arrangements.
His thing on the Mini was to tune it to intervals to create the illusion of a polysynth, when theres just a Minimoog and Arp String Ensemble for synth sounds. He used a minimum of gear to get full-sounding tracks,
Although no synths are listed on the first self-titled Cameron album, Muller's keyboard work is all over the
tracks. Here are two examples from the album:

Cameron - Magic Of You 1980 (around 3:19 onward, there are two Minimoog bass lines interlocked)




Cameron - Funkdown 1980




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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:53 am

kayvon wrote:Actually, maybe I've had an example under my nose all this time in my CD collection. I have the Everybody loves the Sunshine album by Roy Ayers and there are a few two note polyphonic lines here and there, possibly a TVS-1?
Hello,

IIRC that was a mark I Arp Odyssey being played duo. The early seventies period had Roy using the
Odyssey and an ARP String Ensemble. Its easy to confuse the two, as the the SEM is an offshoot of the old ARP ota-based designs.
Around the mid 70's, I believe Philip Woo did some keyboard work with Roy, and he used a Minimoog
and Oberheim four-voice for synth sounds.
Roy Ayers own setup around mid/late eighties was an OB-X, Roland D-50, Yamaha DX7, and probably a few other goodies.

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by kayvon » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:34 am

Wow, with all this knowledge ambassador you are really spoiling us!

Good to get some reference points for the Odyssey aswell. Just a cheeky quick question, was it an Odyssey in Summer Madness by Kool and the Gang? Love the really lazy release on those notes.

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by pflosi » Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:33 am

best track from kool and the gang. always sounded like a ms20 to me

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