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Re: Star Trek: Voyager

Thanks Eileen. Now there's a thought. I've tried playing it 'live' on Tyros 5 and it just doesn't work as there are too many parts missing to be realistic, but I'll take the Contempo Horns style across to the Genos as a base for a multi-track arrangement. Will be a little while before I get some tim...
by andyg
12 Aug 2018 14:25
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Star Trek: Voyager
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Star Trek: Voyager

You can do some limited multi-tracking on the Roland. But alas, it's not like a Yamaha keyboard, for example, where you can go 16 tracks deep. Voyager was initially done in one take from start to finish. The parts that could not be physically played at the same time were the woodwind 'arpeggios' ove...
by andyg
11 Aug 2018 22:26
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Star Trek: Voyager
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Star Trek: Voyager

Haven't posted anything new for a while, so let's put that right. Chucking it down outside, so what to do....? I was, er, given the score to Star Trek: Voyager a while back and, while it's possible to play it in one take, you just don't have enough hands to do it all. So I thought I'd have a quick b...
by andyg
10 Aug 2018 21:55
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Star Trek: Voyager
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Jackie Brown Medley

At 8 minutes, it's too long, but these are 'try outs', so it may be that one of the tracks makes it to the CD in a rearranged and extended version. Soprani's Serenade is my personal favourite piece of the four so I'm gravitating towards that one at the moment. But there are plenty on the 'to do' lis...
by andyg
22 Mar 2017 21:39
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Jackie Brown Medley
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Jackie Brown Medley

Here's a medley of four of Jackie Brown’s original compositions. It’s a bit of a long listen, eight minutes ten seconds! Three of the tunes come from Jackie’s 1969 LP ‘Farfisa Romantica’. The first is ‘Misty Melody’, followed by ‘Soprani’s Serenade’ and ‘Carmenita’. The sheet music for the fourth pi...
by andyg
16 Mar 2017 23:06
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Jackie Brown Medley
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Harold Smart Medley

I thought the idea was for someone to set the challenges for others to have a crack at......? I have Olwen in the bench. Let me rephrase that! I have the music in the bench, but it's not on the priority list. I'll get around to it in time, but when I do it, it will have to be either the intermediate...
by andyg
07 Mar 2017 00:29
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Harold Smart Medley
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Harold Smart Medley

I've been busy at the Roland AT900 Platinum, arranging a few pieces and starting to record some of them. Some of these tracks are candidates for possible inclusion on a CD that I've been planning for a while - with all proceeds going to cancer charities (full details will be on the next update of my...
by andyg
05 Mar 2017 10:43
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Harold Smart Medley
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Casio: Coming of Age 2016

Earlier Casios had four positions for each drawbar, Off, Soft, Medium and Full. That would explain any jumpiness in the sounds. That hadn't changed by the last time I reviewed a Casio, the CTK7000. As for release on drawbar sounds, strictly speaking, they should cut off abruptly when the key is rele...
by andyg
17 Feb 2017 19:04
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: Casio: Coming of Age 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 2983

Re: 20 Minutes of Ole Erling

This is a name I've heard of but hadn't ever listened to before today. Some very nice arrangements making good use of the X66 - and an H100 and Leslie - and maybe a Lowrey H35-3 as well. Like Herr W, it's sometimes hard to hear where one organ starts and another ends!
by andyg
09 Feb 2017 18:59
 
Forum: 20 Minute Music Video Series
Topic: 20 Minutes of Ole Erling
Replies: 1
Views: 571

Re: Some Older Keyboards Still Sound Remarkably Good

Definitely worth looking at the older models if you're on a budget. :) You do have to watch the older, older ones though. Spares can be an issue with some - same with all electronic instruments. I personally don't like going back more than 10 - 12 years or so, but there are some nuggets out there t...
by andyg
31 Jan 2017 20:52
 
Forum: Yamaha Chit Chat
Topic: Some Older Keyboards Still Sound Remarkably Good
Replies: 2
Views: 707

It's Just Another New Year's Eve

Over at the Lowrey Forum, we have an annual New Year's Eve 'event', where we try to get as many members as possible to upload a piece. Last year, we all did 'Auld Lang Syne' so this year I wanted to do something different. Here's a ballad from the pen of Barry Manilow, learnt and recorded this after...
by andyg
31 Dec 2016 00:10
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: It's Just Another New Year's Eve
Replies: 3
Views: 73

O Holy Night

Here's a favourite of mine, played on Roland AT900P.

Hope you enjoy and have a great Christmas.

Andy

https://app.box.com/s/ch54olc83kj4kix6cj4vsj2cvuxlsrhd
by andyg
22 Dec 2016 22:14
 
Forum: Christmas Carols & Festive Songs 2016
Topic: O Holy Night
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Three Hammond X66 videos

Glad you liked the X66 vids, it's still a brilliant organ, 50 years on. 'Dream of Olwen' is on the 'to do' list, but it's a case of 'so many things, only so much time'. I'm wrestling with 'Quiet Village' right now, taking a half finished track from some years ago and re-doing it using the Roland AT9...
by andyg
08 Nov 2016 20:51
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Three Hammond X66 videos
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Three Hammond X66 videos

Back in August I had the chance to rekindle my love affair with the Hammond X66 organ, an instrument I first heard back in 1970. There aren’t many in the UK so chances to play them have been few and far between. I heard that there was one on the Isle of Wight, just a mile or two from where we were d...
by andyg
06 Nov 2016 19:42
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Three Hammond X66 videos
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Casio: Coming of Age 2016

I personally think they came of age 16 years ago with the vastly underrated MZ-2000. These two look good, though I'm not too sure about the blue colour. The sound quality is often hard to judge of videos but on the Kraft video, they've recorded it direct and I listened on studio quality headphones. ...
by andyg
04 Jun 2016 21:49
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: Casio: Coming of Age 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 2983

Re: Challenge - Dream of Olwen

Drop me an email jackoj, and I'll send you the score. It's arranged ideally for Roland, I may even have the registrations for the AT80SL/AT90SL/AT900. I'll have a look.
by andyg
24 Apr 2016 22:23
 
Forum: Themes
Topic: Challenge - Dream of Olwen
Replies: 33
Views: 1566

Re: Challenge - Dream of Olwen

Hi I'm delighted to say that the memorial concert went very well. I'm sure that the great man would have approved. I was able to do my bit on the Compton theatre organ, Yamaha Tyros 5 and a Roland AT900 Platinum, brought along by fellow organist and old friend Chris Powell. As well as me doing a vir...
by andyg
24 Apr 2016 10:44
 
Forum: Themes
Topic: Challenge - Dream of Olwen
Replies: 33
Views: 1566

Challenge - Dream of Olwen

This evening I'm playing my first public concert in nearly 13 years. It's a memorial concert for my great friend and colleague Brian Sharp. Half on Compton theatre pipe organ and half on Yamaha Tyros 5, with a 'virtual duet' with Brian as a highlight. I taped the first concert I saw him at 44 years ...
by andyg
23 Apr 2016 10:03
 
Forum: Themes
Topic: Challenge - Dream of Olwen
Replies: 33
Views: 1566

Harry

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed Harry, By Catherine Howe, and I produced a keyboard arrangement of the piece. Finally got around to recording it on Yamaha Tyros 5. A simple but haunting flute melody, with three guitars, drums and bass for the accompaniment, and a few lines from a violin. Just sh...
by andyg
11 Nov 2015 22:23
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Harry
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Writing's on the Wall - Roland AT900P

I thought it was about time I posted something on the AT900 Platinum, so here's a sneak peek at an arrangement that's being cooked up for a charity CD that I'll be recording over the next few months. Writing's on the Wall (did someone forget the initial 'The' at the start of that title?) is the them...
by andyg
04 Nov 2015 09:56
 
Forum: Instrumental Performances
Topic: Writing's on the Wall - Roland AT900P
Replies: 7
Views: 124

Re: ROLAND BK7m MODULE

It's been confirmed by suppliers in the USA, and it says 'Discontinued' on Roland's own international website, so we can take it as being true.

Maybe there's another, even better module on the way. Or maybe they think they've reached saturation point in what is a niche market. Only time will tell.
by andyg
18 Oct 2015 19:01
 
Forum: Roland Digital Arranger Keyboard Forum
Topic: ROLAND BK7m MODULE
Replies: 4
Views: 2428

Re: Eminent Grand Theatre Organ

Type 'john mann organist' into youtube you'll find a couple of clips but I can't find much else. Maybe someone has one of John's many LPs ready to upload..... As for a proper demo of this (for its time) amazing organ, the tube had only the usual rubbish from people who know nothing about it or how t...
by andyg
28 Aug 2015 18:31
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Eminent Grand Theatre Organ
Replies: 2
Views: 833

Re: Extend a Midi.

Clare, if you've tried extending a MIDI file using software and it's converted it to a WAV, then you've used it incorrectly, or you're using the wrong software. MIDI should stay as MIDI, as without a virtual instrument sound source you can't produce a wav file, even if you wanted to. You need a MIDI...
by andyg
18 Aug 2015 18:00
 
Forum: Yamaha Chit Chat
Topic: Extend a Midi.
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

Re: Extend a Midi.

You can probably do this using the on board Song Recorder, but it will be something of a pain. It's something that I've not tried, nor would I bother to try! The easiest solution would be to use a software MIDI editor app. If you're talking simply making it longer by adding an identical verse or two...
by andyg
11 Aug 2015 18:09
 
Forum: Yamaha Chit Chat
Topic: Extend a Midi.
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

Re: The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939

Love the Art Deco styling - but they should have made it from Bakelite! :D
by andyg
13 Apr 2015 18:45
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Re: Yamaha EX 42

No, that's the GX-1 synthesizer, played by Keith Emerson. People do sometimes mix the two instruments up as they were around at the same time and did look similar. The GX-1 is the one that Mike has put at the top of the page. Here's a photo of the EX-42 for comparison.

ex-42-big.jpg
by andyg
07 Apr 2015 16:58
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Yamaha GX-1
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review

There were only around 40 imported into the UK. They do crop up on eBay with some regularity, probably the same ones being sold on! I missed out on one a few years back. My maximum bid was £300 and it sold at the last moment for just a few pounds more. I'd have fitted it in somehow, but don't tell m...
by andyg
02 Apr 2015 23:56
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review
Replies: 9
Views: 2289

Re: The American Sound: Thomas Organs

Hmmm. The first paragraph makes no mention of any tie up at all with the old Thomas pipe/reed organ business. I'm sure it would have done if that tie up existed. I've always had my doubts.
by andyg
01 Apr 2015 19:49
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The American Sound: The Wonderful Thomas Trianon 6820 Organ
Replies: 2
Views: 1333

Re: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review

That brings back more memories. George B was a true gentleman of the organ, was very encouraging to me in my early days at the keys, and became a good friend a few years later. As for dear old Gene and Jerry, two stories spring to mind. The first is of a very embarrassed G &J on stage at the Win...
by andyg
31 Mar 2015 23:09
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review
Replies: 9
Views: 2289

Re: CVP-605 default pedal functions

Ken, the solution has been given to you - registration memories. You should use these! If you aren't, you're missing out on the most powerful function on the piano. But, even if you don't want to use them on a regular basis, you should create just one registration bank, commonly called a 'blank bank...
by andyg
27 Mar 2015 00:22
 
Forum: Yamaha Clavinova CLP, CVP & CGP Series
Topic: CVP-605 default pedal functions
Replies: 6
Views: 1698

Re: At Under 400 Quid ... You Simply Cannot Do Wrong!

The CTK7000's been discontinued for a few years now, the current 61 key model is the CTK7200. Also on Amazon, but £349. Very competent keyboard, but I find that with mine - a CTK7000 - I have to tweak a lot of the voices to get them right. Niggly little things like the vibrato speed being way too sl...
by andyg
24 Mar 2015 16:02
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: At Under 400 Quid ... You Simply Cannot Do Wrong!
Replies: 6
Views: 3212

Farfisa Romantica - Jackie Brown at the Farfisa 6050

Here's a blast from the past. Vince will remember this one, in fact he might even remember selling me the LP in 1970 - as It was bought from Southern Organs! Jackie Brown is playing the Farfisa 6050, the largest spinet in the Farfisa range at the time. It had the usual fizzy Italian sound, and Jacki...
by andyg
03 Mar 2015 00:04
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Farfisa Romantica - Jackie Brown at the Farfisa 6050
Replies: 2
Views: 858

Re: More Abandoned Electronic Organs ... Part 1 & Part 2

The RT3 and A100 deserve far better, the 2307 Concorde probably the same. It could make some beefy sounds.

But the little Baldwin met its due fate and as for the Conn Caper, well, I'd have been there with the sledgehammer. We had two of them sent down from Conn, they went straight back!
by andyg
01 Mar 2015 01:13
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: More Abandoned Electronic Organs ... Part 1 & Part 2
Replies: 3
Views: 1247

Re: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963

Thanks for the Thomas scans, I'll put them on Organ Forum later. Sad to hear of Emyr's passing. He was indeed one of the real gents of the business. Met him many times, he even got me to play part of an Allen concert once - I think he told my bosses at Kawai (good friends of his) that the products d...
by andyg
27 Feb 2015 13:00
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963
Replies: 14
Views: 3742

Re: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963

Wow! What a find, that's a real blast from the past. Mike, would you let me share this one with the guys over on Organ Forum? There are some over there who have, or have had, some of these oldies. One had an OH-1, but it proved to be beyond repair. I'd love to add the brochure to the gallery and I'l...
by andyg
25 Feb 2015 22:00
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963
Replies: 14
Views: 3742
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