Apr 252013
 
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams Synth Part - How'd They Do That?

There are well-known synthesizer parts that are relatively easy to re-create and play. Some of these, like “Jump” (Van Halen), “Axel F” (Harold Faltermeyer), ¬†“Separate Ways” (Journey), and “The Final Countdown” (Europe) will trigger instant groans and eye-rolls from synth fiends like me (especially if they worked around keyboards in a music store in the […]

Aug 242012
 
Is this the New Golden Age of Synthesizers?

  I came across this post over at one of my favorite blogs, Synthtopia¬†– the question posed is whether Apple’s iPad has made digital synth keyboards obsolete. The discussion there is really great and worth the read – but it made me think even more about an idea that I’ve been thinking about recently: is […]

Jan 092012
 
Harrison Ford - Keyboard Player?

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 […]

Dec 062011
 
The Keyboard of the Year Project

Nearly a decade ago I began a pet project over at The Keyboard Corner forum at Musicplayer.com (an excellent keyboard community that I highly recommend). Basically, I set out to establish a synth history of sorts based on what instrument defined each year. Here’s a link to the thread. So, for each year in question, […]