Sorry late to the party (but even so I would mever have guessed – might have said a Kronos for track 14 - which kinda says that its not the technology now it’s the mind behind it and that's fab . They’re all great pieces and uniformly the ideas and execution feel top drawer considering for many of you they would have been done in “borrowed time”.
Dave thanks for doing this (again) – it forced us to really dig into some of the instruments we have and that’s never a bad thing is it?
Anyway here’s my take after a thoroughly enjoyable hour or so listening whilst reading the minutes and papers of the next parish council meeting…..
• Track 1 : Great bass sound - reminded me of jeff waynes war of the worlds and I think that was a P5! Some lovely orchestral backdrops and very lush complimentary reverb – The lead line resonance towards the end was nicely done too.
• Track 2 : Those sounds on intro are really nice in the stereo plane – The driving bass drum and the string stabs go really great together – the Bass reminded me of an 80’s track which I cant put my finger on – That last section is a complete contrast and lovely balance – really shows the versatility of the synth And just when I thought it had finished…
• Track 3 : Like the swell chords – I’m not sure you’d ever not think that was some old Juno! – Liked the OMDesque bit in the middle. I like this 80s vibe throughout – great sounds.
• Track 4 : Mine done on the s/w version of the JV – I loved the sounds of this back in the day and always wanted to do a prog/orchestral bit and never managed to programme it - but the Roland Cloud version makes that a doddle – I did leave some preset sounds completely unedited – cause there still great (if a little dated) and that Sine bass is a monster
• Track 5 : That’s a nice pan pipe lead! Great tempo – tapped al lot to this one - the Sax voice was very well played I liked the feeling in that.
• Track 6 : Some nice chord voicing’s and I like the chaotic atmosphere underpinning them – the bass sounds terrific on my system! The percussion was fantastic too - The lead line reminded me of Jordan R sounds in LTE. (that’s positive!)
• Track 7 : I thought this was analogue those stabs reminded me of my P6 so was convinced it was similar – some versatile lead riffs and a few lines that made me think of Klaus S! Must check this synth out now – pretty versatile isn’t it! What a key change made me practically spill my tea – never saw it coming!
• Track 8 : What a combination of sine bass and organ(esque) like the percussive riff too. Some great resonance and formant filter stuff(?)
• Track 9 : Great sequence to start and some lovely squelchy discordant voicings which do enough to keep you on your seat for the next change – and then that lovely swell with what sounds like some great osc sync action. Nice builds too - like the high speed change at @ 2 mins in.
• Track 10 : Really lovely (human!) voice – so pure great stuff and a bang on set of sounds from what I used to think was a limited synth (from a programming standpoint) – it’s a nice mix too really balanced and everything in its place.
• Track 11 : Like stepping in a time machine - those lovely phasey chords and that biting bass!
• Track 12 : those strings are so vibey great to hear – I used to lust after a Delta back in the day – if I’d known then you could get those lovely lead sounds – I would have bought one rather than pass for the Juno 6! Nice bass line
• Track 13 : Like the slight pitch variance to kick off and a lovely woody bass - like the slow brass attack and the build with that lovely squelchy goodness!
• Track 14 : Loved the mood this sets – and really dig the tron done like this – its really beautiful and much more versatile than I’m used to (I use tron samples in lots of my music but too conservatively I think after listening to this!) That harmonics at 20 mins (is it really an harmonica?) is very disturbing! The cello is so deep too – really sets a tone for the closing section – you’ve certainly not let an 8 second limitation get in the way of creativity great stuff – finally love the reverb - what was it Valhalla?
Roll on next OSC - my dream synth (Moog One) might have landed in the studio by then and it would be fun to do a piece with just that!!