Thomas Dolby Accepts Roland Lifetime Achievement Award, Does Some Storytelling, and Performs Two Hits Using Vintage a Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8 + 1983 Concert Footage

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Thomas Dolby received Roland’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at NAMM 2018. Thanks to Kraft Music for great up-close video footage of the event. I watched the footage, took some notes, and inserted video footage links below.

Part 1 Video

  1. Thomas Dolby accepting the award
  2. Thomas doing some great story telling offering an entertaining overview of the beginning of career as well as a behind-the-scenes story on the making of “She Blinded with me with Science”.
  3. Performance of “She Blinded Me with Science” using vintage a Roland Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8 – which Roland delivered to his hotel the night before so he could program them for his set.

 

Watch the Video Here.

Part 2 Video

In the part 2 video, Thomas Dolby plays “Europa and the Pirate Twins”

Watch the Video Here.

Bonus – Live Wireless Tour Video from 1983.

In the first video, Thomas Dolby shows some clips from “one of his earlier shows”. I did some digging and I believe the clips are from the “Live Wireless Tour”. I found a video of the full concert with a running time of 58 minutes. If you don’t have time to watch this now, bookmark this post for later as it’s a cool show and ahead of it’s time :^)

Video of Thomas Dolby – Live Wireless (1983-Official Video).

Thanks for reading,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Producer
Boulder, CO
ModulateThis.com


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Following Along with Winter NAMM 2018 Coverage

namm-picI’m not at NAMM this year but I am tuning in from the interwebs. Here are some suggestions for following along with the coverage with some friends who are on the ground.

P.S. Here are a few of my favorite photos from last year’s NAMM which I was able to attend thanks to my friends at Percussa.

Thanks for reading,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Producer
Boulder, CO
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NAMM Analog Synth Demos Inspire Me to Dig Deeper Into U-HE ACE Synthesizer

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Gear Lust

From the looks of the reports coming out of Winter NAMM analog & analog modeled hardware synths were once again all the rage at this year’s show. After watching a few videos, and getting some serious gear lust, I got inspired to reproduce what I was seeing and hearing using what I already own. Ok, it’s not exactly the same as buying a new piece of gear – but it’s more affordable – lol.

$85 Weapon of Choice

imageMy weapon of choice was U-HE ACE as it has a 2 OSC +  Sub Osc architecture similar to Sub Phatty. ACE is actually “pimped up”  ARP 2600 according to the manual

If you really want to compare ACE to a classic modular synth (or three), think of it as a pimped-up ARP 2600 using modules from a Roland SH-7 with (almost) the patching flexibility of an EMS VCS3 / Synthi A – but polyphonic. Just like the ARP 2600.

Added bonus, ACE  is $85, is semi-modular with  patch cables (watch this video “u-he ACE Tutorial: Patch Cables 101”) and is polyphonic. Like the Sub Phatty it has “slop” and beyond that has “crosstalk” and “osc cap failure”. It also has a built-in Scope which is just fantastic for getting visual feedback as you design sounds.

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On an Mission for Nasty Organic Analog

In the last few days, I created over 20 super organic patches. I focused patches with oscillators being detuned, phased,  detuned in hertz (to cause beating), PWM, all with organically controlled instability ACE doesn’t have the same filter overdrive, but you can coax some nasty distortion out of it by overdriving the filter and using the LFOs at audio rates.

ACE has something called a “Mapper” that allows you to add even more variability from note to note. In the example below, I patched the mapper to add some variability for the pitch of OSC 2 which creates a slightly different beating with each key press.

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New Sound Set?

I have some momentum going with this style of patch with ACE so perhaps I’ll push on and release a sound set. If you want to be notified if I release a sounds set join the Modulate This! newsletter.

Wrap-Up

In closing, I want to say I’m not hating on the Sub Phatty. If you want “that Moog sound” in hardware, the addition of OSC 2 and a Sub Osc  and distortion seems like it will be popular and fills a gap between the Slim Phatty and the Voyager. However, at only $85 bucks, ACE is worth a look if your need for similar features in a virtual synth.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Perfomer
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Links for Winter NAMM 2010 Coverage

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The Winter NAMM show is on! It’s in Anaheim California and runs from January 14-17, 2010. I’m not at the show and will only post a few links related to new products here and there.

For in-depth coverage I recommend you visit:

If your at the show check out Wham Bam Thank You Mam & Ableton expert Laura Escudé will be performing Friday at 10pm in the theater at the Downtown Independent with visualist Scott Pagano.

Mark Mosher
imageElectronic Music Artist
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

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