Midsummer Meditation I

I composed this piece in three days, but it took at least a month of practicing before I could record it. The difficulty is that it requires a complete change of body position on the organ bench in the middle of the piece, just before the bass comes in. It’s not hard to play, but it’s a challenge while you’re moving around!

The main patch comes from the Poly Evolver. I’ve named it “CP 70 Piano,” and I hope it will be obvious why. It’s wonderful for solo playing, but the upper third of the keyboard range has such digital aliasing that it’s mostly unusable. The triangle-like and slow PWM patches¬†both come from Prophet ’08s.

The only change in equipment in this piece is that I’ve used a Prophet ’08 Module for the bass, rather than the usual Evolver Desktop. The parameter-rich P’08 panel is so much easier to use than the Evolver’s matrix, and this is especially important for a somewhat elaborate patch, such as the one I’ve used in this piece.¬† The filter is set to slowly open and close by means of an LFO.


DSI Prophet ’08 Keyboard (2)
DSI Prophet ’08 Module (2)
DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard
DSI Poly Evolver Rack

DSI Prophet ’08 Module
Hammond XPK 200L Pedalboard

Lexicon MX300 for reverb

Performed live and recorded directly to a Tascam CD-RW900 Mk II.