Quantum Mechanics

February 24, 2007 12:24 PM

In the early 1990s I had a spare bedroom full of MIDI equipment (including a 16-channel mixer and various effect units) and I liked to noodle around with it. This is the only complete piece I ever produced. It's an instrumental strongly influenced by the likes of Tangerine Dream, the Alan Parsons Project, and Synergy.

posted by kindall (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I made "Quantum Mechanics" for one of Keyboard magazine's contests. I didn't win, of course.

There are lots of things I'd change about it now. There's way too much reverb, for one thing. The drum sounds are pretty wimpy (I accidentally cranked up the treble on them, which didn't help) and there's an annoying synth guitar feedback sound in there that, well, wasn't very successful. In some places, there are so many things going on it's hard to tell what you're supposed to be paying attention to. Still, I listen to it occasionally and go, "hey, I made that" and feel kinda fuzzy.

I sold the synth gear to help fund the early days of my freelance writing career. If I remember correctly, there's a Kawai K1 and K3, an E-Mu ProFormance, a Kurzweil 1000SX, a couple of Casio CZ-101s, a Korg EX-800, a Casio SK-1 (how-how-how), a Korg DD-5, and a few others whose model numbers I don't recall. (I had like 20 channels of audio going into a 16-channel mixer, and I did use them all.) Today, of course, all that gear could be replaced with software synths at a fraction of the cost.

This was digitized from a ten-year-old cassette so please excuse the few dropouts.
posted by kindall at 12:24 PM on February 24, 2007

This brings back some memories.
posted by snsranch at 5:49 PM on February 24, 2007

Hopefully pleasant ones.
posted by kindall at 8:03 PM on February 25, 2007

I rather enjoyed that.
posted by kaspen at 1:57 AM on May 26, 2009 [1 favorite]

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