If you are a regular listener to our weekly Sonic TALK podcast, youâ€™ll know of Dave Robinson, editor of the Pro Sound News Europe magazine. Or maybe not â€“ but if not , nows your chance as he was a guest on this weeks Sonic TALK 080.
Dave was lucky enough to get tickets to one of the recent Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene gigs, where JMJ has taken it upon himself and few other veteran synthesizer players to recreate the analogue lovely-ness of the the seminal 1976 album Oxygene. Rather than rely on todayâ€™s technology and run the lot from a ProTools rig, heâ€™s taken many of the original instruments out of storage and put them back on the road. By all accounts this has been a major technological challenge, but one that JMJ has risen to admirably â€“ presumably, accompanied by a crack team of synth techs who work day and night to coax stable performances out of these "old ladies" as he calls them.
Memorymoog up close (click for larger image)
The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that the original line-up has been augmented by an Alesis Andromeda A6, but essentially the performance is live with all sequencing done analog style on the night. Each evening the performers are kept on their toes by the break-down of different gear â€“ in Dublin, Dave noticed that the Moog 55 Modular system seemed to be down. The players then have to figure out a workaround on the fly, which adds to the excitement on the night.
Dave Robinson has kindly sent us a few exclusive shots from the show - there will be more over at the ProSoundNewsEurope.com site later today.