Although Chase Music is now known for its speciality in electric pianos and portable keyboards, this hasn’t always been the case. Throughout the 70s and 80s Chase Music specialised mainly in synthesisers, but also had a range of excellent organs. A number of outstanding deals were offered to try to encourage keen musicians to learn to play this fantastic instrument. A predecessor of the modern electronic piano, the electric organ boasted a number of features that are incredibly similar to Chase’s line of digital pianos today.
Another synthesiser interview! Following the rediscovery of a plethora of old magazines from business man Mr ‘Synthesiser’ Singh last week, another interview from the 80s has resurfaced. Mr Singh talks about what to look for in a synthesiser and how to tell whether or not you are getting value for your money!
MEET MR. SYNTHESISER
CHOOSING A SYNTH UNDER £300
Article from London V.C.O, March 1980
Wagner is sometimes considered to be a somewhat controversial composer (known to be Hitler’s favourite writer and a known anti-Semite). I fell in love with the Ring Cycle by Wagner back in 2010 after having been dragged along to Birmingham Symphony Hall by my cousin who had somehow (I still don’t know how) managed to secure us free tickets to see Opera North perform part one. At the time, I was completely ignorant of the Ring Cycle and had absolutely no idea what I was in for – I was expecting maybe an hour of easy listening. It was only three hours later after the performance had finished, that I understood what all the fuss was about.
Since 2010, the ‘ Street Piano ’ craze has taken off globally. The trend started with the ‘Play me I’m Yours’ art instillation which was created by Luke Jerram back in 2008. Somewhat different from playing your digital piano in the comfort of your own home, street pianos are proving to be just as popular. 15 old, donated pianos were placed across the city of Birmingham for three weeks, but by the end of the three weeks the pianos had become such a sensation that many cities across the country decided to have them installed on their streets permanently. Continue reading “Street Piano hype!”
The London Synthesiser Center was the center for all things synthesiser back in the 70s and after uncovering some long-forgotten archive material, an interview with the company’s director Amrk Singh, from the 70s has come to light. It is amazing to think how far the synthesiser has come since then, and to see how often this incredible instrument is still in use. It was only two months ago when the world acclaimed composer and performer Sara Lowes premiered her long-awaited Graphine Suite which made full use of a synthesiser and a digital piano. The unusual orchestration of the composition created a wonderful sound that somehow managed to marry something like Pink Floyd with Queen’s Flash soundtrack. The piece was enhanced massively by the use of a synthesiser, which just goes to show – synthesisers are not dead!
You’ve been called Mr Synthesiser, but are you actually a player?
Yes I like to play as often as I can. I’ve been playing for about ten years although I actually stumbled onto the synth by accident. I’ve been playing music since I was a child – playing both Indian and Western music. I was searching for a new instrument on which to
Through the London Synthesiser Centres do you get the chance to form an opinion about the quality of the new generation of electronic keyboard players?
I’ve been extremely impressed with the standard of new players from all types of musical background. The synthesiser is no longer the secret weapon of the keyboard players’ arsenal – it is one of the first items that is considered. We get hundreds of young players in our stores who are considering buying a synthesiser as their very first instrument.
Isn’t the synthesiser a very expensive first instrument?
On the contrary, it has become one of the cheapest in the same way that calculators have become accessible to every schoolchild. Computer type technology and the infamous computer