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Ye olde Optigan Archives. These posts drive the Optigan Archive page.

A Mediterranean Optigan at Nixon’s Western White House

Posted by peahix on 12th May 2017

Before he passed away, Mike LeDoux shared an intriguing Optigan story with me, which I was reminded of this week in light of everything that’s going on with our current president. He pulled out these office memos and had me read them. Astute students of history will note that at the time these memos were [...]

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Bob Moog References Optigan/Orchestron in 1985 Keyboard Magazine Article

Posted by peahix on 4th May 2017

The very first time I heard about the Optigan and Orchestron was in this article penned by Bob Moog for the Sept. 1985 issue of Keyboard Magazine (with Jan Hammer on the cover).

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1975 Photo Essay – How to Make an Optigan Disc

Posted by peahix on 14th April 2017

I had some Optigan odds & ends sitting around and decided to mash them all up into one video. The slide show is from a photo album that Mike LeDoux (the guy in charge of making all the original Optigan discs) put together in 1975 in order to, basically, show his corporate overlords at Miner [...]

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Optigan / Orchestron Master Tape Vault feat. “Kraftwerk Choir” Tape/Demo

Posted by peahix on 13th April 2017

Since there’s been some interest this week, here’s a quick video of the Optigan/Orchestron master tape vault, ie my library closet. Sorry for my incoherent rambling. Highlighted is the tape containing the famous Orchestron Vocal Choir sound that Kraftwerk used during the mid-late 70s on several albums/songs. Here I demonstrate probably the most recognizeable Kraftwerk [...]

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Optigan Featured on latest Sonic Talk episode

Posted by peahix on 31st March 2017

There’s some Optigan chit-chat on the latest Sonic Talk episode: Many thanks for the kind words from Dave Spiers & company! To answer a couple of the questions brought up: 1. Yes, various folks have used Optigans in live performance (including yours truly), and yes, they’re a pain in the ass to play live, especially [...]

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Original ca 1972 Optigan Promotional Demo Recordings by Johnny Largo

Posted by peahix on 23rd March 2017

I finally got around to assembling and uploading some miscellaneous Optigan demo recordings made by Johnny Largo ca 1972. Some of these recordings have previously been heard elsewhere, but many of them are seeing the light of day for the first time here, direct from the original studio master tapes. Unfortunately Johnny didn’t last long [...]

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One of the Long-Lost Optigan TV Commercials Finally Found!

Posted by peahix on 14th May 2013

Very cool news! I knew that eventually an Optigan TV commercial would turn up! Youtube user chumrain writes this: Finally…one has been found (I know that several people have been searching high and low and haven’t come up with anything). Here is a long-lost television commercial for the Optigan, starring actor Carl Betz. This is [...]

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Mike LeDoux Memorial American Cancer Society Donation for 2010

Posted by peahix on 18th January 2011

Continuing in the tradition of donating 10% of the proceeds of the Optigan Archives Vol. 1 sample set to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mike LeDoux, the total donation for 2010 came to $248.20. My continued thanks to everyone who has purchased this sample set.

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Long Lost Optigan Demo/Promo Cassettes

Posted by peahix on 17th February 2010

Awhile back I got a small package of cassettes from Jennifer LeDoux, Mike LeDoux‘s widow. Before he passed away, Mike had told me that he’d given me all the Optigan-related items he thought he had, but apparently he missed these cassettes. They contain mostly demos and promo spots of various sorts. I finally got around [...]

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Optigan Disc Production Flow Chart

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

A flowchart illustrating the timeline of Optigan disc manufacturing.

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