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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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New Optigan-laden Album by Matthew Leonard

Posted by peahix on 11th February 2015

Matthew Leonard sends this info about his new album Sunnyside, Ohio! NYC rocker Matthew Leonard joins Columbus rock and jazz veterans on Sunnyside, Ohio.   Recorded with vintage instruments on an Ampex 440 reel-to-reel tape machine, this epic album features Columbus rock royalty (David Holm, Bret Burleson, Bill Heingartner) and Brooklyn indie alumni: JC and [...]

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Rami Jaffee Tests Drives His Newly Restored Optigan

Posted by peahix on 10th February 2015

Recently our good friend and associate Robert Becker restored and customized an Optigan 35012 for Rami Jaffee of Foo Fighters and Wallflowers fame. Robert works at Quilter Labs, and he arranged an unveiling and test drive for Rami at their office. Thanks to Rami for letting us film the occasion and post it here for [...]

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Optigan Featured in Aug 2014 Issue of TREASURES Magazine

Posted by peahix on 23rd July 2014

Pea was recently interviewed for a short featured on the Optigan in the latest issues of TREASURES Magazine (Aug 2014). Be sure to pick up a copy!

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The Organist Episode 20: Enter the Optigan

Posted by peahix on 10th June 2014

Way back in the 90s, Pea was filmed for inclusion in a documentary about collectors by filmmaker Rodney Ascher. The film never got finished, but the footage has now resurfaced as a stand-alone episode of this podcast.

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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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