What Child Is This?

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I seem to record this composition every few years – whenever I have some new equipment. Well, this year I’ve got a new recorder and two new Odysseys, so I’ve definitely got an excuse to record it yet again. And the main reason is that I think the tone of the Odysseys is sweet and lovely and does improve on the older rendition of this piece.

This is a fairly easy piece to play, but there are quite a few buttons, switches, and sliders to adjust as I’m playing. Now I’m really paying the price of using non-programmable synthesizers! Meanwhile, keeping those left-hand arpeggios moving smoothly and evenly is nearly impossible. So, I’m aware of the occasional unevenness.

The organ arpeggios are played on the Poly Evolver Keyboard, the sawtooth and square solo patches are played on the Odysseys controlled by the Prophet ’08 keyboard, and the ending strings come from the P’08s.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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

Hammond XPK 200L Pedalboard
DSI Prophet ’08 Module

Reverb from Lexicon MX 300
Delay from Zoom MS-70CDR

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

All music property of THE MUSICAL SYNTHESIZER, 2021