The Signs of the Times

“You know then how to read the face of the sky, but cannot read the signs of the times” (Mt. 16:4).

A piece of irreconcilable contrasts: different timbres, different tempos, different key signatures, and different moods. Trouble is coming.

The soft digital pad comes from the Poly Evolver Keyboard, while the reed organ comes from the Prophet ’08. The “zip” effect at the beginning of each P’08 chord is caused by glide.

A note on the Prophet ’08. I’ve read many complaints about the location of the modulation wheels being above the keyboard, rather than in the traditional place to the left of the keyboard. Personally, I find this location to be much more advantageous. It allows you – as I do constantly, including in this piece – to move the wheels while you’re still holding a bass note with your left hand. It enabled me to easily open and close the filter in this little ditty, without interrupting the music or leaving the keyboard. Whereas it’s much more difficult to do this when the wheel is to the far left. Then you have to do it with leaps and bounds of your left hand. Such is the case with the Poly Evolver Keyboard. I much prefer the design of the Prophet ’08.

Youtube especially spoiled the audio quality of this piece. Try listening with head phones.

DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard
DSI Poly Evolver Rack
DSI Prophet ’08 Keyboard
DSI Prophet ’08 Module

DSI Prophet ’08 Module
Hammond XPK 200L Pedal Board

Reverb from Lexicon MX300

Performed live and recorded directly to a Tascam DR-100 MKIII Linear PCM Recorder

All music property of THE MUSICAL SYNTHESIZER, 2020