The Stylophone is back — with knobs on!
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a tour bus as we schlepped up the M6 for the umpteenth time when, somehow, the conversation turned to the Dubreq Stylophone. The rest of the band were hugely dismissive of this, but during a lull in the conversation I suggested that they play David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on the bus’s sound system and listen to the ‘synthesizer’ parts that decorate much of it. The sight of jaws dropping was one to behold, so I asked one of them to stream some other tracks that featured the Stylophone and, at some point during the next few miles, it evolved from a bit of a joke into a musical instrument.
The original was released in 1968 and, while there were several variants, the standard model was by far the most popular, and it’s claimed that around three million were sold before it was discontinued seven years later. In 2007, it was relaunched as the Stylophone S1, offering two additional sounds as well as a signal input that allowed you to play along with your favourite tracks. Five...
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