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Virgula

By Ashen Simian on December 1, 2018 10:13 am

More sequencer stuff with older gear (all my gear is old, to be honest). On this one, the "newest" instrument is Ensoniq Fizmo, almost twenty years old piece of electronic design, the final nail to the coffin of the once mighty Ensoniq. The first two minutes here is Fizmo alone. Then it´s joined with Quasimidi Polymorph driving Moog Slim Phatty and Roland JV-1080. Drum sounds by Akai rhythm wolf... another machine with a questionable reputation. I love them both, of course smile

Musically this is much what you would probably expect; a jam that builds into a sort of journey... this time I faded it out before it became too 80´s smile I will put the full version to soundcloud in the near future. Just four weeks to go! The end is near... for a while smile

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December 3, 2018 2:20 am

You do these sonic journeys incredibly well.  I enjoyed the buildup of that one a lot.

December 3, 2018 10:29 pm

You are creating sonic time machines that travel forwards and backwards and limiting travel down stream to the 80s although, I think we may have slipped back to late 70s a bit which is another great place to land for electronic music. Great sounds and really enjoying the free flowing evolution of the track. Cool squelchy bass line as well.

I have never heard of the Fizmo although I owned a first generation Mirage and probably a few other pieces of the Ensoniq legacy.  I have read some bad reviews on the Akai Rhythm Wolf (Is that the one with a wolf on the front panel?). Both pieces of gear have unfortunate names but sound great here.

December 4, 2018 4:54 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

You do these sonic journeys incredibly well.  I enjoyed the buildup of that one a lot.

Thanks, I really appreciate your comment. I have sometimes tried to make very short pieces and some of them have worked rather well, but I find it much easier to spend time in the 6-8 mins sector. Maybe I am just a slow person smile

December 4, 2018 5:00 pm
NWSPR wrote:

You are creating sonic time machines that travel forwards and backwards and limiting travel down stream to the 80s although, I think we may have slipped back to late 70s a bit which is another great place to land for electronic music. Great sounds and really enjoying the free flowing evolution of the track. Cool squelchy bass line as well.

I have never heard of the Fizmo although I owned a first generation Mirage and probably a few other pieces of the Ensoniq legacy.  I have read some bad reviews on the Akai Rhythm Wolf (Is that the one with a wolf on the front panel?). Both pieces of gear have unfortunate names but sound great here.

Thanks a lot... means a lot for me, as these latest tracks have been very effortlessly put together. Maybe it is my natural environment smile  Yes, the Akai rhtyhm unit is just the one you suggest. It is very limited and not too succesfull as a piece of engineering (with some quirks that feel like bad design or even plain disdain), but it can do a few things really well and I seem to like its sound more than I care to admit. If you´re looking for a very cheap unit with just 4 drum sounds (luckily easily tweakable), but sort of lo-fi/combo organ beatbox charm, it is just the one smile  Fizmo is a very weird beast and has a unique sound that is rather hard to make sit in the mix with most other synths. But it sounds positively metallic and otherwordly.

December 5, 2018 5:58 pm

Time-traveling via hardware. Well done!

Though I was looking forward to that 80s apotheosis...

December 6, 2018 8:40 am

It's like the spirit of the past is summoned into this song.

December 9, 2018 4:23 pm

Some of these synths make me think of a glass harp, sounds amazing! A nice incursion in a sci-fi universe!

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