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Ross Garren & Andre LaFosse – CRANKY MACHINES

Posted by peahix on 14th February 2018

Mellotrons and Optigans and Space Echoes, oh my! A collision of nostalgic tones and deconstructionist sensibilities, Cranky Machines is a wobbly, glitchy, stuttering set of 13 originals inspired by funky throwback styles and charismatic antiquated musical technologies. Meticulous yet lighthearted, decadent yet minimalist, analog yet digital but also a bit optical—this sophomore album by pianist/harmonicist/producer [...]

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Five Optigans For Sale in Tennessee

Posted by peahix on 10th February 2018

Our good friend and resident Optigrinch Brian Kehew writes: If anyone is interested in becoming the queen or king of Optigans in Tennessee, I know where FIVE machines are sitting. Don’t come back to me when they ruin your life forever – it’s your choice to deal with the devil! Just click on Brian’s name [...]

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Laurie Anderson’s LANDFALL – Featuring Optigan!

Posted by peahix on 8th February 2018

Several years back, we lent Robert’s Optigan Pro to Laurie Anderson, which she used in her piece with the Kronos Quartet called LANDFALL. The Optigan was in Laurie’s studio at the time of Hurricane Sandy. It managed to survive, because it was upstairs. Many of her other keyboards and archives were down in the basement, [...]

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Nice Series of Optigan Repair Videos

Posted by peahix on 30th December 2017

We didn’t have anything to do with this series by James Bennett, but it looks to be a nice intro to Optigan repair!

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Behind ‘Phone Call’

Posted by peahix on 12th September 2017

Nice analysis of our friend Jon Brion‘s Talentmaker work on this soundtrack.

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Spooky “Big Band Beat” Music in Twin Peaks

Posted by peahix on 28th June 2017

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Optigan / OY Feature Story in Japanese Music Magazine “Map”, Summer 2000

Posted by peahix on 12th May 2017

Going through some old things, I came across this Japanese music magazine called “Map” that ran a feature story on the Optigan and Optiganally Yours. I had completely forgotten it existed! I can’t read Japanese, so I don’t exactly know what it says, but it appears to be pretty enthusiastic.

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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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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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Orchestron Vibraphone Disc Inspires New Song by Belgian Band OSTYN

Posted by peahix on 10th June 2015

Our good friend Dieter Vanmarcke alerted us to this track by the band Ostyn, which was built around an improvisation on our Vibraphone disc for the Orchestron!

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