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The Dream of 'I': Instruments

Here are some of the instruments used in the making of The Dream of 'I'. Click on an instrument for sound samples and commentary from Doug...

Close Yamaha CS-60

Nothing sings quite like this synth.

from Where You Lay:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Akai S2000

Sampler

Close Hammond organ (model unknown)
from Thrill of the Chase:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Kurzweil K2000 (not used)
Close ARP Pro Soloist (not used)
Close Hohner String Performer
from Where You Lay:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Two lines recorded separately, doubling string quartet. I was surprised at how much of the sound comes from this instrument as opposed to the real strings.

Close Logan String Melody II
from Implications:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Phasey gooey goodness.

Close Hohner Clavinet D6

I was surprised to learn recently that musicians as old as 35 don’t know what a Clavinet, that staple of 70's funk, is. It’s a bit like an electric harpsichord, with guitar pickups.

Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” might be the best known example.

from Artifacts and Fantasies:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Distorted, through a guitar amp.

Close Fender Rhodes Mark II
from Where You Lay:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Run through a guitar amp with distortion, tremolo on high.

Close Moog Taurus bass pedals
from Agents of Change:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Minimoog
from Cobblestone Mirrors:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

The Minimoog was the surprise of the sessions for me. We did end up keeping some of the synth bass tracks I’d done on the Virus (including one doubling the Moog here), but that Moog sound is inimitable.

Close Wurlitzer organ
from Artifacts and Fantasies:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close VCS synth (not used)
Close Wine glasses
from Don't Know I Know:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Toy piano
from Cobblestone Mirrors:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

There was something really fun about playing one of the spookier passages on the album on a toy piano.

Close Hammer and chair
from Remembering Breath:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Christoffer thought the track could use some “pokier” sounds and handed me a hammer. On the first pass I played a cymbal with my right hand and beat a wooden baffle with the hammer with my left hand. On a second take I took the hammer to a broken wooden chair Christoffer had tossed out the door a few days earlier.

Close Tack piano
from Don't Know I Know:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Pump organ
from Don't Know I Know:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Cembalo
from Thrill of the Chase:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Minimoog Voyager

After using the Minimoog at AGM, I was hooked. I bought my Voyager shortly after Bob Moog’s passing in August.

from Agents of Change:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Two tracks of Voyager, different sounds, different performances, controlling the filter with the touchpad. Recorded at home (along with the vocals) 6 weeks after returning from Sweden, with this song incomplete.

Close Roland JV-1080
from Artifacts and Fantasies:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Every time I used a sound like this, Christoffer labelled it “Tony Banks pad” (referring to Genesis’ keyboardist).

Close Electrix Repeater

Looping device

Close Roland UM-880

USB-MIDI interface and router

Close Evolution UC-33

MIDI control box

Close Access Virus Classic

Possibly the best of the modern digital simulations of analog synths.

from Talking Points:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Alesis QS-7

I never got far into programming this beast, but it has a decent selection of sounds in ROM.

from Agents of Change:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context
Close Roland RD-700
from Implications:      play audio file solo      play audio file in context

Electric piano run through a guitar amp. The acoustic piano on this track is also the RD700.