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Archive for May, 1999

The Kraftwerk Connection

Posted by peahix on 15th May 1999

A recent issue of Keyboard Magazine contained a letter to the editor which pointed out that the haunting vocal choir sounds on the early Kraftwerk albums Radioactivity and Trans-Europe Express did not emanate from a Mellotron but from a Vako Orchestron. I had never really thought about it much, but it instantly made sense to [...]

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Steve Hackett & the Optigan

Posted by peahix on 15th May 1999

Steve Hackett & the Optigan Some of the earliest email I ever received regarding the Optigan concerned the appearance of our little brown friend on the song Sentimental Institution by ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Recently I received email from Hackett’s management concerning the Optigan and was able to pose a few questions to the man [...]

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Optigan invades Holland

Posted by peahix on 15th May 1999

Gus Wylde had mentioned to me that he had heard that the last 100 Mattel-produced Optigans were shipped to Holland. But it wasn’t until recently that I found out more info about this mysterious shipment. Dutch Optigoner Frans van der Bijl had written to me requesting info about the Optigan, and when I told him [...]

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Optigan at the Drive In movies?!?

Posted by peahix on 15th May 1999

A few months ago I got this email: I’ve had a lot of fun looking at your Optigan sites (killing two birds with one email stone here), especially finding out I own albums on which it was used. But, what led me to your pages? Well, it wasn’t Devo or Mike Penn… I remember the [...]

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The Strange Kiss Connection

Posted by peahix on 15th May 1999

Last year I was contacted by a guy at A&M Studios in regards to a producer who was looking for an Optigan. Apparently, Bruce Fairbairn (80′s glam-metal guru whose extensive credits include Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Scorpions, Poison, Loverboy, etc. etc.) had recently encountered our little Temperite friend during a session with The Wallflowers and, [...]

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