innerchord wrote:I agree with this answer entirely. The stereo movement is from the keyboards. Listen to the hi-hat which stays stable. Don't over-complicate it.
There's definitely a delay/phasing effect going on which is subtly manipulating the stereo image to widen the synths. it is subtle, but it's pretty clearly audible to me. Combined with the stereo layering of the keyboards, it's probably used to widen the stereo image with a modulating delay with a small delay time (much like the commonly used widening trick of offsetting one side by a few samples).
You can hear the movement more clearly if you monitor just the "side" signal on that part - you can hear the modulation shifting going on with whatever delay/phase effect they were using.
innerchord wrote:This is 1985; we were all doing the triggered gate thing back then.
Yes, we all know what triggered gating is, but this is not what we are talking about. But the effect *is* on the keyboards/gated part. It's the stereo movement we are talking about, and it's subtle, but it's definitely there, and is more of a feature of that section where there's less going on.
innerchord wrote:Oh, and boy could those vocals do with some tuning, unless that's the 'charm' of it?
Sure. It's not the only record with vocals that weren't super in tune. This is the early 80s - it was the norm! (Plus I kind of think it's not really fair to judge old stuff by today's standards... *Compare* maybe, but not judge...)