I was doing some research for the re-write and expansion of the Tom Oberheim Wikipedia article, when I came across a random and potentially awesome tidbit of trivia in Peter Forrest’s indispensable resource, The A-Z of Analogue Synthesisers. In the entry for each analog synth manufacturer, Forrest lists some notable users, and in the Oberheim entry, he writes:
“Users include (actual model unknown): Harrison Ford, KLF, Magma, Warren Zevon (Harrison Ford once bought Warren Zevon an Oberheim – and knew how to operate it.)”
Really? This intrigues me!! I began searching for any other mention of Harrison Ford having involvement with keyboards or synthesizers. Here’s what I found (each of which is pretty interesting in its own right):
- Search returns about Vangelis’ synthesizer-based Blade Runner soundtrack
- Articles about synthesizer-based sound effect techniques used in the making of the Star Wars films
- The surprising fact that Harrison Ford was once a stagehand for classic rock band The Doors
- Another surprise that Ford once built a recording studio for Sergio Mendes.
- Interesting information on James A. Moorer, including his work on Indiana Jones films.
- Mentions of Maurice Jarre’s soundtrack to Ford’s film Witness
But–no other mention of Harrison Ford as a musician or keyboard player. I’m planning on following up with Mr. Forrest in the hopes of finding out more detailed information, but I also welcome related information from anyone else who has it. Do you?