My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by samaepstein » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:14 am

Anybody mention Ohio players with the funky worm yet?

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Micke » Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:38 pm

samaepstein wrote:Anybody mention Ohio players with the funky worm yet?
That was an ARP Soloist.
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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Micke » Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:46 pm

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Any Colour You Like - Pink Floyd. Though I'm not sure if it was done on the Minimoog, or the EMS. I've heard both.


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To the best of my knowledge Rick Wright first used the Minimoog on the DSOTM tour. However, on the studio album they used
an EMS VCS3 and Synthi AKS for all synth parts.
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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Esus » Fri May 03, 2013 3:16 am

No Fear. Jan Hammer & Jerry Goodman, Like Children, 1974:



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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by OB-XaMinimoog » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:09 am

Micke wrote:
OB-XaMinimoog wrote:
Any Colour You Like - Pink Floyd. Though I'm not sure if it was done on the Minimoog, or the EMS. I've heard both.


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To the best of my knowledge Rick Wright first used the Minimoog on the DSOTM tour. However, on the studio album they used
an EMS VCS3 and Synthi AKS for all synth parts.
It sounds like its being played melodically, though. The VCS3 didn't have a keyboard and the Synthi AKS just had that little membrane button keyboard which I doubt can be effectively played in real time.

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Bitexion » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:28 pm

But the VCS3 could take CV input voltages from other keyboards I think? In any case, one of the main reasons the synthis weren't much used for lead/solo playing was that the oscillators were calibrated so badly, the pitch would change randomly on each VCO when you inserted a new pin in the matrix board, since the resistance affected things around the rest of the circuit board. That is why it was more used for a drone sound or wacky ringmod effects (like Jarre always did using the joystick to change pitch and LFO speeds).

Also the keyboard wouldn't track pitch steadily unless you modified the electronics quite a bit.

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by sourwookie » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:18 am

There is only one correct answer to this question. Not only does he have a Moog for each hand and then some, but there are ice skaters sword fighting. Magic starts at 2:00


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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Esus » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:32 am

sourwookie wrote:There is only one correct answer to this question. Not only does he have a Moog for each hand and then some, but there are ice skaters sword fighting. Magic starts at 2:00

I dunno. As soon as Lancelot & The Black Knight started sword fighting on ice skates, I couldn't help but think of dwarves "trodding" upon Stonehenge. :roll:

Just my opinion...

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by sourwookie » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:51 am

Without a doubt this is some of that excess that McKean, Guest, and Shearer were poking fun of. I am certain this was an influence upon them.

And poor Rick wanted to be an elf so badly...

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by sourwookie » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:07 am

And I'm afraid the poor Moogs are no match for the INFLATABLE DINOSAURS!



(note that the orchestra members are having a hard time keeping straight faces)

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Micke » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:48 pm

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Micke » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:48 pm

OB-XaMinimoog wrote:
Micke wrote:
OB-XaMinimoog wrote:
Any Colour You Like - Pink Floyd. Though I'm not sure if it was done on the Minimoog, or the EMS. I've heard both.


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To the best of my knowledge Rick Wright first used the Minimoog on the DSOTM tour. However, on the studio album they used
an EMS VCS3 and Synthi AKS for all synth parts.
It sounds like its being played melodically, though. The VCS3 didn't have a keyboard and the Synthi AKS just had that little membrane button keyboard which I doubt can be effectively played in real time.
You're forgetting the EMS synthi DK-1 and DK-2 keyboards, Pink Floyd used one of those in the studio. While it's true that the EMS is best suited
for sound effects it's not true that you can't play melodic music on a VCS3 or Synthi if set up properly. Francis Monkman frequently used his VCS3 for
melodic playing with Curved Air and so did French filmcomposer Francois Roubaix.

You can clearly see the DK-1 or DK-2 keyboard in this picture from '72 or '73:

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Here's an example of a cool synth solo played on an EMS VCS3/DK-1 combo:

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by mpa1104 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:23 am

While Rick's getting a good mention (all his aforementioned solos being superb of course!), I may as well throw this one in also. Frivilous? sure, it's just the 12 bar blues with some chromatic bridges, but hey, ain't it crazy good fun what you can do with a few multitracked Mini's?! :D (especially the whacked-out noise driven modulation during the bridge sections)

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Bitexion » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:01 pm

Hehe, I remember from the "An Evening with Rick Wakeman" one-man show DVD, where he basically just talks about how he made the songs and then play them on a piano with a minimoog on top. It's a kind of musical standup comedy show.
He's very good at playing a piano comp with the left hand and lead with the right hand at the same time.

He said he was trying to record a really fast and long solo part on the Mini, but couldn't get it right, kept missing notes or hitting the wrong ones. So he went to the nearby pub, had a few pints of beer, and came back to the studio and nailed it on the first go :D Alcohol calms the nerves I guess.

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Re: My (and Your) Favorite Minimoog Solos

Post by Putte » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:09 pm

Perhaps not expected from Opus, but they deliver one of the best solos I´ve ever heard. Not too much and very melodic.


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