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In the Forest (Micromoog Multitrack 1978)



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This was recorded direct from my Micromoog Synthesizer to an 8-track Otari 1/2 analog tape recorder (back in 1978). Didn't use a click track, just improvised. The chords are all recorded one note at a time (it's a monophonic synth after all). Sound effects were also from the Micormoog (brids, wind in the trees)...did all the programming on the sounds myself, as there are no such things as presets on a synth that old :) The reverb used was the reverb module on a Moog Model III (modular). I just rediscovered this tape and was able to get the audio off it. I cleaned it up a little with Soundsoap and some stuff in Logic, but it's 99.8% the original recording.

Painting: The Fabulous MicroMoog - One Mighty Note of Emotion, by Aaron Jasinsky c2003 (http://www.aaronjasinski.com/)
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Micromoog Synthesizer
None at the time of recording. Remastered in Logic.
Feter said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
In the Forest
Native nature music ..this is so lovely as simple
as it is ..thnx alot for sharin such gem !
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MarkHolbrook said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
It's fun to dig up old stuff. You did this about the time I was doing my stuff (posted) and much of it was on 4 track tape. We had a dokoder (I think that was how it was spelled).
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futzpucker said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
This wasn't easy...
I'm amazed by what you did with a non-programmable monophonic synth, Graham. Having owned a couple of them, and also having been young once myself, I consider what you did here a remarkable achievement.

Glad you stumbled on this old tape...
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peacepiano said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Love the old school synth. Rich beautiful sounds. Every note a treat.

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bud said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Very cool track
thanks for posting. I wish I could find some of my tapes from that time. I took a class around then at a studio that had a few Buchlas. Later I got a Sequential Circuits Pro One that I still play today. You really had a lot of patience to build this piece - it sounds great.
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said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
This is brilliantly impressive what you have accomplished having recorded one not at a time, and its music like to the playlist I play every day. What a great song, and i love the birds and nature in the background.
magnatone said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
I'm totally amazed you did this in '78 with a monophonic synthesizer. It's so cool you found this and were able to get it into hearing order. Why don't you take this and add a 2008 layer? (Or not - it's perfect as is) Thanks!
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announcer said 4214 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
With Due respect to Magnatone
Unlike Magnatone, I am NOT amazed you did this with the gear you had in 1978. There was a lot of capability with analog gear from that era if the user was imaginative capable ... which you clearly were.

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Ed Hannifin said 4213 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
I love old tapes...
...from back in the day when we would DREAM of having gear that would do a fraction of what GarageBand (not to mention Logic) can now do...

This has a lovely, meditative, thoughtful feel to it...

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dirigent said 4213 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
In the Forest
Excellent electronical ambient composition. Wonderful soundwork, I dig this old stuff, too. Amazing!
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Bubowski said 4213 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
More than this little Piece Deserves!
I thank you all for your kind comments. I will let my poor little non-functional Micromoog how much he is appreciated! It must finally be time to take him in for that long-overdue diagnosis and overhaul and see if we can't bring back his spark of life. Thanks again all for listening.

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gregd said 4213 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Mighty cool . . .
I can't imagine actually having to play the music I pencil tool. This is really smooth, well played ambient. Nicely done on the programming, performance, and remastering.
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drakonis said 4213 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Shine on, you crazy MOOG diamond
This feels a teeny bit like a more upbeat New Age version of the opening of Pink Floyd's great album "Wish you were Here"... excellent improv playing and programming, and well worth saving from magnetic entropy! Ahhh... thank you!
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said 4213 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
In the Forest
Really good sounds for 1978 no? I suppose in some ways technology has come along ways in that time, and in other ways, it's hasn't! Well done.
ktb said 4213 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
I think
Patrick said it best. remarkable when you consider the tech involved (or not :-). Subtle, nourishing and truly ambient. Having been befuddled by said same synth I am in awe. Its got a far east flavor at times that make me think of cherry blossoms gently floating down on a spring day.
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Kenta_and_Linda_Rocks_together said 4212 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
I can feel spring
Very nice post I really like the feelings I get from this tune... Good composing. A lovely song.
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ageofthedeathtree said 4210 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
great tune!
i really like this, sounds like a lot of work went into it! glad you dug this one up...reminds me of floyd in the backing parts. really dig it! oh, and i LOVE the painting you put up for this...awesome!

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Lightman- said 4209 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Nice peaceful song... I like hearing it..... Good warm sound on this.... Great one...
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said 4209 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
sonic bird call
you know what I love is the fact that you can hear the warmth in the tape recording.. That is truly lost. I love the Moog I bought one in 84 played with it night and day then traded it back at Sam Ash on 54th street in manhattan for a bass. Sometime I wish I still had it. This brought back memories thanks for sharing.
said 4204 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
Simply lovely.

Oh this was very beautiful took my breath away. Very dreamy and imaginatively thought provoking.
Well done. Thanks for the link.
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GnosticVelvet said 4203 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
there was a REALLY Obscure band that used an ARP 2500
at Mizzou-U Columbia, MO. circa 1971 ? ~ called "Tonto's Expanding Headband" this kinda' reminds me of that ! AWSOME.!
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Doug Somers said 4188 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
There was so much that could be expressed with these 'early' synths (I actually have a record from my dad of the RCA Victor Music Synthesizer from the 1950s that was the size of a small room and was really early, so by the '70s this was comparatively leading edge :o)

Nice improvisation, free flowing and natural. All the components to the soundbed are tastefully put together - -and in those days the re-recording was a lot of work. I'm not sure if I would have had the patience.

Lovely to hear this. Thanks for dusting it off!

Be well,
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VicDiesel said 4153 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
That's rich!
Great sounds. There's something to be said for real analog rather than emulated virtual analog.

Sweet piece of music too. Thanks for reviving it.

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davisamerica said 4132 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
where have i been ... :-]
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said 4117 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
Cool mood, I like it!

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12parsecs said 4104 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
very cool
yay, anaolgue! love it! i can appreciate all the hard work that must have gone into recording this. (and can only imagine how long it took to program the sounds!) fantastic blast from the past. thanks for sharing.
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Bubowski said 4102 days ago (June 26th, 2008)
Thanks all
for your comments. Funny how the old stuff is still well appreciated. Guess I gotta get my lil MM fixed one of these days!
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Char said 4056 days ago (August 11th, 2008)
It was a calming and fascinating piece of music. Make some more, please. Thank you.
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Enrique Gil said 4006 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Moog synthetizer?
man, these are old refreshing sounds. Classic sounds!
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TheKapitols said 3995 days ago (October 12th, 2008)
Cool stuff, man
Nothing cooler than the answer to "Software" being "None at the time of recording." You did the Micromoog proud...relaxed me enough to do some college homework along with the music.
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CraizeeMusic said 3991 days ago (October 15th, 2008)
good job!
wonderful. ambient, great mix!
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poodyglitz said 3967 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
The Art Of Patience
This takes me back. Very nice jam. The instrument and the style usually dictated it's own unique compositional style. Did you find the improvisational pieces the most rewarding? I used to sneak into the McGill electronic music studio at night and improv on a Moog modular, ARP 2600 and Synthi AKS.

Ah, the days of creating your own sound and recording one track at a time. It was limiting, but there was something special about working with analog synthesizers. I've been missing the Moog for so long that I finally purchased the Arturia Moog Modular V and created my first piece with it. I can't record the knob fiddling, but it's cool to have that sound again. Will be interesting to re-learn patching after 30 years. I'm sure it's like riding a bicycle. :-)
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Bubowski said 3966 days ago (November 9th, 2008)
Blast from the past
I think one of my favs from teh old days was the Electrocomp 101. We had one of these in our lab at UCSB. The oscillators were actually pretty stable for an analog beast.

I've always liked that analog Moog sound (most definitely a die hard Wakeman fan). I still have my Micromoog (the one that was used on this piece) but it doesn't work well any more.

Thanks for dropping by and giving it a listen. Good luck with the Moog Model V - Love the old school patch chords (virtual of course!)
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Kicbal said 3937 days ago (December 9th, 2008)
Cool. Got me thinking if I have any old stuff stashed away that may be worth remastering. By old I mean from the late 80's in my case. Yes this sounds retro, but it also has a timeless quality that prevents it from sounding too dated or cheesy. Hey, good music sounds good however old it is.
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