Back when we first started this web page, one of my first ideas was to have some kind of java-based Virtual Optigan for people to play with online. My good friend Randy Antler took up the challenge, and the results are available for download here. Itís a temperamental little applet, but the way I see it that’s the way it should be- I mean, it IS an Optigan!!! And besides, WIRED Magazine thought it was cool enough to write us up a little blurb about it (even though they never asked us and got some of their info wrong!!) DISCLAIMER: This program was designed at least five years ago, so USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Sorry no mac version.
Remember when Nixon ruled the free world and rock and roll was groovy? Well, today even the temporally challenged can jump on the retro bandwagon with the Virtual Optigan – an online version of the optical organ that took its sounds from flexi-discs encoded with waveforms of actual instruments. This cheesy proto-sampler, coveted by collectors and rock stars alike, was made buy Mattel in the early ’70s. With a little help from Java, Randy Antler has created one of the most swingingly brilliant [apps] around. The Virtual Optigan lets you experience the real thing from the comfort of your own browser. You have all the talent you need to play, so with the click-n-drag of a mouse you’ll be grooving like a pro before you can say “Moog-a-delic, baby!” … Next time the party train stops at your pad [try] some truly mello enbtertainment… laugh-in riot is more like it.
– Wired Magazine