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By demand...another of my live performances from the UCSB days. This is a live imrpovisation using a Micromoog, Arp Omni and a Rhodes Suitcase piano. Just wingin' it!
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Uploaded: Feb 16, 2007 - 01:06:18 AM
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2007 - 01:06:18 AM Last Played: Jun 21, 2019 - 02:32:38 PM
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Micromoog, Arp Omni, Rhodes Suitcase Piano
drakonis said 4600 days ago (February 16th, 2007)
had to sneak in
before my vacation to listen :-) Really fun improv... and shows that some of these sounds have come full circle as plug-ins, and almost sound "new" again :-) This cleaned up really well from cassette tape! Did you record this off a line-in (mixing in the audience), or off a mic? And a really nice piece of music to boot. So, how many keyboards/registers were you dealing with live? And did you have to take your socks off to play the Rhodes arpeggi-toes?
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Bubowski said 4600 days ago (February 16th, 2007)
Just 3...
Hey Eduard,

This is just done with the 3 keyboards mentioned. The Micromoog did the sample-and-hold sound, Omni for strings and "Pipe Organ" sound and the Rhodes was from the Rhodes, of course. The Micromoog was mine (still have it but it doesn't work) and the Rhodes and Omni were borrowed from someone else in the dorm. Lots o' fun! :)

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Bubowski said 4600 days ago (February 16th, 2007)
I have absolutely no memory of how this was recorded...might have been off a small mixing board. All I know is that the tape I have is in REALLY terrible shape, so I was happy to recover this much sonic fidelity off of it.

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Vic Holman said 4599 days ago (February 16th, 2007)
sounds like you had your hands full
damn good for "just winging it" especially with a crowd watching. sometimes pressure works! just listening to this evoked memories of the 70's and being up front to watch bands like yes, genesis, gentle giant, utopia, etc, doing the solo part of the concerts. thanks! you woke a few memory cells. and i thought i killed more then my share :-)
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Ed Hannifin said 4598 days ago (February 18th, 2007)
Thanks for this one, Graham....
Bits remind me of some of Pete Townshend's experiments on the 'Scoop' recordings....

Just seeing what sounds are available and how they can blend or contrast wtih one another... It's a lot of fun to listen to...

Drak is right... if this is from cassette, it cleaned up or lasted remarkably well...


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DOCTORBIZARRE said 4596 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
Reminds of the heavily influnced keyboard craze of the late 70's I dig it man! Could have been the background music for a science flick i watched back in grade school on a rickety projector! I was always inspired by the music of those films! This is cool!
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Macaudion said 4595 days ago (February 20th, 2007)
Quit inspirational too! Thanks for sharing this one! I can't believe that someone can do this on the fly - Very nice work. I also can't believe how well this cleaned up.

One to be proud of! Thanks - Macca
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said 4595 days ago (February 21st, 2007)
on a wing I mean. realy good for improv. SOunds like alot of fun WIsh I could have been there
futzpucker said 4594 days ago (February 21st, 2007)
Ah, the memories...
Really takes me back to when I played similar equipment. I will say I never would have had the courage to set it up and improvise. You did well, and it seemed to be very well received.

Thanks for posting this very nice moment of history.
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paddler said 4588 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Great stuff - love the fender rhodes sound.It reminds me of the first gig I ever did at school where I had the idea of taking everyone to a different dimension in school assembly at 8.30 am by submitting everyone to a rock song that had a church organ solo in the middle.If you still use OS 9 have you ever used a program called Muzys - I thouroughly reccomend it for keyboard players cos its great for recording changes in frequency over long periods and easy to plug in hammond/rhodes vsti's.I'm thinking of submitting an article about it at some point.Doesn't beat the real thing though.This is the first piece of heard of yours - I'll be back for more right after the drudgery of work finishes! (:
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ktb said 4534 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
power to you
for goin up on stage and doin it. I regularly do the band thang, but I only played once by myself with out the safety net of a laptop and MIDI :-) So to hear this, and think, "Man, this guy is doin this!" makes me smile and a bit envious, of your creativity and verve. Great recording for th era. Gotta love those analog strings and the Rhodes is to die for. One of the big suitcase jobs with the stereo speakers? now those were cool. Heavy in literal sense
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Bubowski said 4533 days ago (April 24th, 2007)
Love that Rhodes
Yeah, I think it was a "Suitcase 77" It wasn't mine though... :-(. I eventually bought a Wurly, which was just not the same (but within my student budget at the time). Wish I still had that puppy now...I sold it after graduation, d'oh! Those were my gigging days, played in a couple of duets, trios and a 5 piece band (Vespoid). Miss those days...

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midiman said 4533 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
So nice to hear something played live-- great sounds- some keyboard sounds just never go out of style.
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Ron Smith said 4530 days ago (April 27th, 2007)
this is dope. thanks for posting it.
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peacepiano said 4517 days ago (May 10th, 2007)
Cool Sounds
Nice catch saving this tape. The keys and synth are enjoyable departure from the digitally synthesized versions we have now.
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mvh9591 said 4505 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
Nothing quite sounds the same as the old vintage synths and a Rhodes electric piano. I am a huge fan of the vintage synths myself. I own a DX7 and a Roland D5. Sounds to me like you had a lot of fun back in the days _ not that you don't today (I know I did) Great job.

Thanks for sharing,

mvh :)
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bud said 4433 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Cool track - love the live triple play
I studied the Buchla synth back in 78 and I can't find any of my tapes from the studio we worked in. Good catch on this one. Thanks for posting it to Analogapalooza.
I heard a little audience noise - so this must have been a mic recording. Very nice at that.
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Feter said 4424 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Keyboard Improv 1978
this Rhodes sound awesome ...!!
very nice improv ..KUDOS !!
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gail60 said 4411 days ago (August 24th, 2007)
Brings back awesome memories...
Class of 78 here!!! Ironic that this is the first song on your list with the title of "78" tune after your comment to my post. I have listened to several and thought it was appropriate to post on this one.
Graham, you are very talented and I have enjoyed listening to your music. I enjoy feeling like I am going on a journey with your pieces, and not knowing where it will take me, but enjoying the ride. I am very glad I heard yours. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to more.
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Ibstrat said 4390 days ago (September 14th, 2007)
Those old
Synths really do sound great-somehow more organic than the newer stuff.Your playing is just fantastic on this.
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said 4296 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
bong cleaning music.....
I want more of this.
Sir Bass said 4292 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
what they said
i saw you online...etc,
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thetiler said 4267 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Like that bouncy feel
A bit of Were Brother Were Art Thou, jews harp and it keeps getting interesting. Love the nostalgia feel you supply in your bio of this tune.

The jews harp type feeling really brings strength to the tune, interesting organ sound, kinda between an organ and an accordion in parts, but then later when it keeps deep, it is of course an organ.

Nice sounds Grahan!

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saymme said 4215 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
....* JUST Wingin' it....* ? !
-YES You're surely giving this WINGS...makin' it Fly !(!) : ) Enjoying this ..Very interesting....Have You been playing most Your life on different things..? I got to go see Your Bio... What is "The UCSB Days" ?
Doug Somers said 4190 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
Very cool
A wonderful mix of textures and rhythms. Very engaging - and live, i.e., played all at once? Wow.

Glad I finally got to this one.

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poodyglitz said 3968 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
You Were Lucky
To have owned your own equipment. Very Klaus Schultze/Rick Wakeman. Man, you're bringing back wonderful memories of those days. My synth work tended to be atonal in nature. You can hear a bit of it at:


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867-5309 said 3414 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
joy of
ah the joy of a micromoog -
I had an old roland sh-01 -
backing into it by mistake with my car -
how I miss that thing - and even an older -
PAIA electronics board -
this is neatly keith emerson-like - at 2:56
I like your digital vibes solo - * ethereal *
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