Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

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Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by Alphacode » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:04 pm

Hi All

Was just curious if any of you know any bands, known or not that used the Poly 61 , Any Youtube video examples would be more then welcome :) !

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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:55 pm

Hans Joachim Roedelius used one, as far as I know.

No band, though.

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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by tim gueguen » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:16 am

Finland's Kebu has used one.
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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by Micke » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:21 pm

As far as I know both Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman used the Poly 61 back in the mid '80s. According to Peter Forrest's "A-Z
of analogue synthesisers" the synth is heavily featured on Wakeman's Crimes Of Passion soundtrack from 1984. Nick Rhodes
of Duran Duran also had one and I've read that he used it to some extent on the Seven & ther Ragged Tiger album.

Furthermore, the Poly 61 is responsible for the main synth riff on Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters theme.

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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by mpa1104 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:08 pm

Micke wrote:As far as I know both Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman used the Poly 61 back in the mid '80s. According to Peter Forrest's "A-Z
of analogue synthesisers" the synth is heavily featured on Wakeman's Crimes Of Passion soundtrack from 1984.
Somewhere around 1987-ish (I think, possibly, maybe) I saw Rick guesting onstage with Sky. He had an all-Korg setup including a Poly -61. No video unfortunately ('twas back in the days when "smart phones" were still science fiction!)
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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by Micke » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:16 pm

Indeed, Rick seems to be using an all-Korg setup (including Poly 61, Trident etc.) in this live performance from 1988:



And here he's performing the theme to the TV programme "Database" (c, 1984) on the Poly 61:


This track was released as the B-side of the single Theme from Lytton's Diary (another TV-series) and you can listen to both tracks here;



Alot of the synth sounds on Rick's Crimes Of Passion soundtrack (1984) sound similar so it's very likely it was used on that record too.
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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by Alphacode » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:49 pm

wow excellent , never realized that wakeman was using that much of the P61. Great stuff!

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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by Aaron2 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:49 am

Micke wrote:And here he's performing the theme to the TV programme "Database" (c, 1984) on the Poly 61:

Listen closely: at the end of this 1984 interview, Wakeman predicts the widespread use of a MIDI controller coupled with a DAW and virtual instruments to play and record music. :o

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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by pour_furets » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:24 am

Early albums from Black Tape for a Blue Girl contain a lot of Poly 61. Check out The Rope and Mesmerized by the Sirens for some moody, ambient stuff. Sam Rosenthal (of BTfaBG and Projekt Records) released a solo album called Before the Buildings Fell that was made with nothing but a Poly 61, a delay pedal, and a little bit of cello. It's a pretty good album--in a minimal sort of way.
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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by aXL » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:06 pm

It might be the angle throwing me off a little, but it kinda looks like Frank Mertens of Alphaville (right) at least posed with a Poly-61 in this shot:
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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:17 am

aXL wrote:It might be the angle throwing me off a little, but it kinda looks like Frank Mertens of Alphaville (right) at least posed with a Poly-61 in this shot: [...]
Which is kind of pathetic if you know what synthesisers they had at their disposal... Marian Gold is rumoured to have owned four CS80s at some point (don´t know whether this is true), and they definitely had ARP Odyssey, PPG Wave, and lots more.

The Poly61 was a popular stage prop on German music television throughout the 1980s.

Anybody noticed that if-at-all even more awful Siel thingy to the left?

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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by nathanscribe » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:56 am

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:Anybody noticed that if-at-all even more awful Siel thingy to the left?

Stephen
Opera 6, if I'm not mistaken: note the pattern of connectors on the rear panel, and the two mod wheels just visible on the top panel by the hand, as well as the fact the keys go to the left end of the board.

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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by fh991586 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:59 am

aXL wrote:It might be the angle throwing me off a little, but it kinda looks like Frank Mertens of Alphaville (right) at least posed with a Poly-61 in this shot:
I don't think it is. Too many things on the panel...
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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by Z » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:07 am

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Anybody noticed that if-at-all even more awful Siel thingy to the left?
Siel DK600
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Re: Any Known Bands that used the Korg Poly 61?

Post by fh991586 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:21 am

Or really just a PolySix! There's a row of white buttons, a red one, and there is a serial number's plate on the back, relatively close to the side.
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