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::: Garfield Electronics Mini Doc :::

While we are on the subject of Garfield Electronics gear... I have been trying to get this one going for a little while and i haven't quite figured it out.  I got it as 'completely working' from Ebay and of course its not.  Luckily i have another one that works great to compare it against.  As with most topics i discuss on this blog, it's impossible to find a manual let alone a service document for these.

Upon receiving this unit i noticed that the triplet triggers weren't firing but the straight divisions were.  When i opened it up the arpeggio trigger wiring looked completely different from the other unit i have.  So i reconfigured the wires the way i assume they are supposed to be and it didn't fix the problem.  I also replaced some caps that were leaking and obviously bunk.

At this point i decided maybe one of the chips had failed.  They are all cheap and easy to find so i bought one of each and plan to start at one end and hope to fix it before reaching the other!  These multi pin chips are a pain in the butt to pull so i am socketing the replacements...

More to come...

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::: George Harrison : Electronic Sound LP :::

I've never heard this 'til now.  I am a fan of the Temporary Secretary era McCartney  tom foolery because it's really fun in the context of experimentation.  I also love Neil Young's Trans record for this very reason.  Any time an artist takes a chance it's worth a listen! Apparently Apple records had an experimental avant guard wing called Zapple.  This imprint had two releases.  John and Yoko's Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions and George Harrison's Electronic Sound.

Here's George's avant record on youtube if you want to listen:

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It fits in with the experimental vibes of Synergy, Larry Fast, Brian Eno, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and Many other old school synth fun albums that i like quite a lot!  Plus it was 100% Moog Modular!

There's some controversy surrounding it as well.  It seems that Bernie Krause,  of The Monkeys fame,  actually piloted the Moog and showed George how it worked which George secretly recorded and used as part of the LP...

Oooops!~

REFS:

The Monkeys: Star Collector

BEATLE GEORGE HARRISON’S BRIEF JOURNEY INTO EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS

Nonesuch Records

Neil Young : Trans

U2 Brian Eno : Passengers

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::: Mastering App for Iphone From Howie Weinberg!!!~ :::

OMG, there is low depth to the lows in software design!  Now you can master a record wile on the subway, or in jail, or while taking a jog! Mastering App for Iphone!

LOL.

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::: The lost psychedelia of Belgium in the 90's :::

Two part post!  This is the more normal of the mixes and is true to form. :::

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The nasty sped up remix is amazing in a different way!  Klang Klang Zip Whoosh, Klang Klang Zip Whoosh!

I couldn't find it on youtube so here's a link to vimeo:

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Belgian 90's Techno Made Modern

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twerk that turkey off!

Or just watch these great animations with it borrowed from here:

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::: Movement MCS Drum Computer :::

I swiped this info from an Ebay sale a few years ago.  I hate that Ebay isn't searchable beyond a few months.  It's just as useful as Vintagesynth or any other web site that talks about vintage instruments. Movement MCS Drum Computer

Quote:

"This is a very rare British made drum machine from the early 1980's. According to wikipedia approximately 30 were made! Famous users included The Eurythmics (can be heard on Sweet Dreams, 1984), Phil Collins and The Thompson Twins.

It is capable of both analogue synthesised sounds (Simmons style) and sampled drum sounds and has 14 voices in total (2 per card). Each voice can be switched individually between analogue and 8bit sample playback - quite an unusual feature. Patterns are created using the internal computer and chained together into a sequence much like any other drum machine.

Overall physical condition is excellent, the casework is free from cracks and there are no missing knobs / keys. Of course, there are some signs of use which is to be expected. Most obvious are some scratches on the orange casework (can be seen in the photos) and a few missing knob caps.

Functionally, there are a few issues which I shall list below. None I believe are serious. Voice 1 - doesn't switch between analogue/digital playback - digital always seems to be selected.

Voice 5 - very very quiet.

The CRT display is faulty and does not display an image. However, as you can see from the photos the internal computer is alive and well. I've demonstrated this by connecting an external monitor to the video out on the back panel.

There are some crackly pots.

I was unable to get the midi input to respond.

Pattern 0 seems to crash the computer when fully erased - the others are fine. Other than the above it seems to be in good working order."

The pictures were so beautiful i had to keep them.  I'm glad i kept the text as well!

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It's so Beautiful!  I'd love to make some beats on this!

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::: Larry Fast Synergy Reprise :::

Another dollar store find from my friend Alvan of this Linndrum fame.  I wrote up some background on Larry Fast previously here but today I am listening to another LP by Synergy called Sequencer.  Here's a youtube video for one of the pieces on this rather enjoyable electro symphonic treat!  There's some good synth spotting in the gallery, there's an Emulator II, Prophet 5, Memorymoog, Moog modular, Roland MSQ 700 Sequencer.  I'm not sure what Moog that is under the mixer at knee level... :::

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There's a great wealth of info regarding Synergy and Larry Fast Here

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::: Cocaine is a hell of a Giorgio Moroder Song :::

I don't often quote but here is a quote worth reprinting. It's from here:

 

MILES DAVIS

Used to call Nile Rodgers on the phone every night, saying “Write me a ‘Good Times.’” Nile’s point being we all want mass success.

Nile used to be a jazzer, but then his mentor said “You’re too good for pop?” If millions love it, it can’t be bad. And Nile went home and wrote “Everybody Dance,” mashing up jazz and dance.

DRUGS

Nile gave them up because he heard a recording of a live show where he thought he was killing it, and found out he sucked. He loves drugs, but he loves music more.

DAVID SMITH

You probably don’t know him, I certainly didn’t. But I know his products and so do you, the Juno! He’s one of the original synthesizer innovators. When asked for advice, Smith said you have to have fun doing it. Too many people focus on the end goal, mass acceptance, fame and riches. But if the journey there is gonna bore you, do something different.

TIESTO

Said they were trying to turn Ibiza into St. Tropez, that there’s been no innovation and the prices are too high, that’s why he skipped the season and went to Vegas instead, where everybody can get in and have a good time.

CURIOSITY

It’s the key to Giorgio Moroder’s success. He’s always wanted to try new things.

BLACK PANTHERS

Nile was one. He’s friends with Bobby Seale to this day. He said the black panther was actually the Esso tiger! Just painted black! His section leader’s dad had created the mascot for the oil company and the Panthers repurposed it!

BURNING MAN

That’s where Mikhail takes all his potential investors. To bond as people before he pitches them. Because humanity comes first.

SALESMANSHIP

It’s the hustler’s currency. It’s the essence of the entrepreneur. You’ve got to learn how to tell a good story. I was sold by some of the best today.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Is about the beat, not the words, and therefore it’s international.  Shailendra said it was booming in India, where you reach your audience via social media on mobiles.

BICYCLES

Have their own special lane in Amsterdam. Keep your eyes and ears open, otherwise you’ll get mowed down, cyclists brake for no one, and wear no helmets.

BAKED GOODS

Are better here than at home. Or maybe it’s just the weather, everything tastes better on a gray autumn day.

TALL PEOPLE

They say it’s the milk and cheese. It builds better bodies.

ROXY MUSIC

Was the inspiration for both Nile Rodgers and Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire. Nile was playing in a soul band but after seeing Roxy Music in London, he went home and started Chic. You think you want to imitate, but really you want to innovate.

PRODUCING

Musicians are generous, when it comes to skills. See something you admire and its propagator will tell you how he did it. Nile learned to be a producer by picking up tips in the studio. Luther Vandross taught him how to record vocals, Quincy Jones instructed him. To the point where when he was in the studio and somebody was doing something wrong, he’d speak up and say “No, this is how you do it…” Do that enough, and they put you in charge.

HITS

Are outnumbered by Nile’s failures. People only remember the hits. And if you’ve got the chops, you know the failures are only momentary blips.

HEARING

Is not easy for Giorgio Moroder. Too much loud music or old age, I don’t know. Protect your ears.

TWEETING

Tiesto does most of his own, because the public can tell the difference.

MOANING

Donna Summer said she couldn’t, didn’t wanna try. But Moroder sent her husband out of the studio, turned down the lights, and she got into it for ten minutes, which Giorgio cut up and inserted into “Love To Love You Baby.”

THE OHIO EXPRESS

Inspired Giorgio Moroder, he sang a few bars of “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy.”

COCAINE

Made Giorgio’s studio musicians blow out the monitors on a regular basis, not when they were recording, but when they were playing back after hours, when they were high and Giorgio was home eating and sleeping.

COCAINE 2

Refused to allow Nile Rodgers’s heart to keep beating. They had to restart it eight times in the hospital before it would keep going. Nile swore off the marching powder…for two weeks.

 

::: David Frank interview from 1986 :::

I Stumbled upon this posted on gearsluts.  Its a great interview with David Frank from 1986! Synths of interest:

Yamaha TX-416

Yamaha DX-1

Moog Minimoog

Emu Emulator

Oberheim Matrix-12

Oscar

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PS: I love the discography at the end.  Attitude  is in constant rotation as well as howard johnson

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