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PANOPTIGON – Available Soon! Showing Production Units at NAMM

Posted by peahix on January 19th, 2019

Happy 2019, Optigoners!

We’re happy to announce that the PANOPTIGON – the new Optigan/Orchestron disc-playing hardware developed by our associate Robert Becker & his company Quilter Labs – will finally be available in an initial limited quantity production run of 25 units for US customers in 2019. (The initial run are not approved for Europe due to additional requirements that will be addressed on the next build.) Click on the thumbnails above to see the official flyer and photos of one of the first production units. We don’t have a release date yet, but it will be in the coming months. An official demo video will be ready soon, but in the meantime you can view a demo of the prototype unit from last year:

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Quilter Labs will be showing the first two production units at NAMM this year, so if you’re attending, be sure to stop by their booth – number 4144 Hall D.

We’d like to encourage all of you to purchase the Panoptigon from this site (optigan.com) when it does become available. The Panoptigon was developed with Pea acting in an informal advisory role, but optigan.com will only be a dealer, rather than a partner, which means the only way we earn any cut is via sales commissions. In other words, if you hear about it from us, and decide to buy it based on our involvement/endorsement, but end up buying it direct from the factory, we will receive no commission. Either way, the price, delivery time, and service will be the same. MAP for the Panoptigon is $3999.

To this end, we will be offering an informal pre-sale for folks who are keen to reserve one of the initial batch of 25 units that will be offered for sale (14 of the initial run are already spoken for as of this posting date). Please send us an email if you’re interested in placing a pre-order, and we’ll get the ordering details to you as soon as we’re ready.

Along with the public launch of the Panoptigon, our entire back-catalog of discs will become more readily available on demand, so no more waiting around for bulk order deals as we’ve had to do in the past. The Panoptigon will play all vintage Optigan/Orchestron discs as well, but we’re also likely to remaster the vintage Optigan disc titles in order to add the strobe patterns that unlock additional features for discs that have them.

OK! That about covers it for now. See you at NAMM!

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Orchestron Prototype #1 For Sale

Posted by peahix on December 14th, 2018

We have no connection to this sale, but it’s a unique item so it’s worthy of a mention here. Apparently this is David VanKoevering’s first prototype Orchestron. The earliest Orchestrons were basically just converted Optigans, so that’s what this is.

 

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Optigan Article in Norwegian Musikkpraksis Magazine

Posted by peahix on August 19th, 2018

A recent issue of the Norwegian magazine Musikkpraksis features an article about the Optigan for which Pea was interviewed. Thanks to Geir Sundstøl for the article, and for sending us a copy! If you read Norwegian, please let us know if Pea said anything embarassing.

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Get iOptigan for FREE this weekend!

Posted by peahix on August 18th, 2018

Starting tomorrow, iOptigan can be downloaded for free for a limited time, including 25 of the original 40 discs!

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Optiganally Yours – O.Y. IN HI-FI – Out Today!

Posted by peahix on July 20th, 2018

The new Optiganally Yours album “O.Y. In Hi-Fi” is finally out to wide release today! You can buy it on vinyl here. You can also get it on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, and YouTube:

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Optiganally Yours – Official Lyric Videos & O.Y. IN HI-FI Wide Release

Posted by peahix on July 17th, 2018

The new Optiganally Yours album “O.Y. In Hi-Fi” is out as a stand-alone release this Friday, July 20th!

Also, in case you missed them, we have lyric videos for the three “singles” from the album:

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Reed & Caroline’s New Album HELLO SCIENCE feat. Custom Orchestron Disc

Posted by peahix on July 8th, 2018

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Recently we collaborated on a custom Orchestron disc for the synth pop duo Reed & Caroline. They sent over some of Caroline’s vocal textures and we turned them into an exclusive disc called “Caroline.” Sorry- this is a private title and not available for purchase! You can hear the Caroline disc as well as other standard Orchestron discs on several songs from their new album “Hello Science,” on Vince Clarke’s Very Records label. If you look closely at the album’s cover art, our disc is used as part of the graphic design. We also got a nice shout-out in this review of the album.

Reed reports the Orchestron usage as:

Dark Matter: gliding Caroline “aah” sound in intro and chorus
Another Solar System: Cello, String Ensemble
Computers: Caroline
Internet of Things: Vocal Choir
Continuous Interfold: Caroline
Metatron: Caroline, Vocal Choir

R&C are also currently opening for Erasure on the US leg of their tour, though the Orchestron was deemed too bulky and fragile to take out on the road! Here’s a photo of Reed & Vince inspecting the Caroline disc.

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VINCE CLARKE & REED HAYS – An introduction to the Vako Orchestron from VeryRecords on Vimeo.

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Announcing: Optiganally Yours – ‘O.Y. In Hi-Fi’, for the masses!

Posted by peahix on May 2nd, 2018

O.Y. In Hi-Fi will be released July 20 on split-color “ketchup & mustard” vinyl, yellow vinyl, and digital.
Snag the pre-order now!

Also, here’s the new single from the album!

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O.Y. IN HI-FI IS HERE!

Posted by peahix on March 15th, 2018

O.Y. IN HI-FI IS HERE! Well, the digital edition is, for folks who’ve subscribed to the Rob Crow Joyful Noise Artist In Residence series, anyway! Standalone digital and vinyl will be available for the masses in the coming months! But if you can’t wait, click on the album cover image to subscribe now!

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NEW Optiganally Yours Song – WHOMEVER WATCHES YOU SLEEP

Posted by peahix on March 1st, 2018

The first track from the new Optiganally Yours album “O.Y. in Hi-Fi” has been released!

The album itself will be released this year on Joyful Noise Recordings. Here’s the official blurb:

Optiganally Yours started in the mid 90s when one of Rob’s housemates, Pea Hix, got obsessed with the Optigan. This was a chord organ made by Mattel in the early 70s that played back lo-if sound loops on LP-sized discs. Think of it as the 70s version of GarageBand. When Pea had the idea to start a band around these haunting sounds, Rob chimed in and said “I’ll be the singer, and the band will be called Optiganally Yours.” Two albums were released in the late 90s (“Spotlight on Optiganally Yours” and “Optiganally Yours Presents: Exclusively Talentmaker”), with work beginning on a third. This album was to be called “O.Y. In Hi-Fi” because Pea had acquired the original studio master tapes which held all of the sounds recorded for the Optigan discs, and was assembling the basic tracks from thousands of loops and samples from these tapes. These sounds were all hi-fi studio quality, in contrast to the grainy, lo-fi sound of the Optigan discs. For a variety of reasons, the project proceeded in fits and starts, never quite gaining the momentum it needed to get finished, despite the quality of the songs. Some of the songs made it into the live set, but most of the rest have remained unheard for many years. Periodically the songs have been updated and re-recorded, such that very little remains of the original recordings made all those years ago. Now, with the release of Rob’s box set on Joyful Noise, the timing seems perfect to finally bring this collection of songs into the light!

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