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Podcast: SONIC TALK 246 - Grumpy Old Synthesists
  08-Dec-11
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Kaleb    Said...

I can't believe the Yamaha TQ5 was on the ugliest synthes list! I've been enthralled by the aesthetics of that machine since i first spotted it(its so 90's futuristic looking).

08-Dec-11 12:50 PM


Dan A.    Said...

My first polyphonic synth was the Yamaha YS200 (I still have it.) It looks more like a PSS than one of Yamaha's front line synths of 1988. Not so much ugly, but certainly odd and definitively toyish looking. The TQ5 Kaleb mentions was the module version.

I don't think that the US had a real counterpart to the BBC electronic music program you featured. In the 80s, PBS had more locally produced programming than they do now. There were a few technology shows in certain areas, but not necessarily viewable nation-wide.

In 1985 VH1 ran a series on electronic music. Suzanne Ciani, David Lynch, Michael Sterns, and others would talk about their equipment and music making processes. The show only ran for a few months.

09-Dec-11 11:45 AM


xyzzy    Said...

Why owls? The owl was the emblem of the BBC Computer Literacy Project. :-)

The Tempest in the background looks very tempting! ;) I hope there's a review forthcoming.. and we want to hear your opinion of the thing, not just another feature overview (cough) ;)

12-Dec-11 11:56 AM


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