November 2, 2012

Thomas Dolby - Airwaves (Demo)


This was released on a Cassette compilation in 1981 by the Belgian label Crepuscule. Airwaves has always been my favorite Thomas Dolby song but I like this demo even more than the final album version. 




Dolby said that he recorded it in his back room in London well before he had a record deal. The drums are a Boss DR-55.



Little update: Just came upon this quote...
"At that time my equipment consisted of an upright piano; a Roland JP4; a MicroMoog; a Boss Dr Rhythm drum machine; a Tascam Portastudio 4-track cassette, and an Akai stereo cassette for mixdown." 

5 comments:

  1. I saw your previous post about the gate+trigger function on the sh09. It's weird because even when my sh09 is set to "gate" and not "gate+trigger" I can still hold a higher note and play lower notes all while the higher note is still pressed. Does this mean there's something wrong?

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  2. My LFO lets me do the same thing. Do you know if this is how it's supposed to be or if there's something wrong? Help!

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  3. No, this is normal. It's called "low note priority". It's pretty common with all monophonic synthesizers. The difference between setting your 09's envelope to Gate or Gate + Trigger is that when it's set to Gate + Trigger it will re-trigger the envelope generator when you activate that low note priority. If it were set to only Gate and you hit a lower note it wouldn't re-trigger the envelope which means you wouldn't hear the filter or amp open up any more than it already is: the note wouldn't sound bright in the way they normally do.

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  4. Have a broken DR-55. Need to fix it. Been years!

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  5. Have had a broken DR-55 for years. Need to fix that girl:-/

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