In this piece, the Evolver is used for an occasional choir patch. The Prophet ’08 provides the main patch – a heaving string sound – while the Odysseys provide a duophonic patch with a lot of portamento and a solo patch.
I’ve been up and down over the Odysseys. At first, I was crazy for them. But then I started to struggle over their various idiosyncrasies. One is the inability to delay the vibrato. Another constant challenge is the single LFO. I constantly use vibrato and pulse width modulation simultaneously and at different rates. So, what am I to do? As it turns out, modulating the pulse width with an envelope generator isn’t so awful. One advantage of the technique is that, after the pulse width reaches the sustain level, it resorts back to a pure square, which can be a very effective sound, especially in the higher registers. It happens several times in this piece.
Anyway, now I’m crazy for the Odysseys again and think their sound is fabulous. It’s just a very quirky instrument, that’s all. And I have to say that the duophonic capability is a tremendous advantage. It can seem like a last-minute gimmick, but no. It quite transforms the instrument halfway into a polyphonic one. In this piece, the Odyssey is playing the rising fifths and thirds that begin ascending at 4:19 and again later in the piece. It’s something I’d like to explore much more, perhaps with each Odyssey on a separate keyboard.
DSI Prophet ’08 Keyboard
DSI Prophet ’08 Module
DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard
DSI Poly Evolver Rack
Korg ARP Odyssey (2) controlled by a Nektar Technology IMPACT GXP49 Keyboard
Prophet ’08 Module
Hammond XPK 200L Pedalboard
Reverb from Lexicon MX300
Delay (on Odysseys) from Zoom MS-70CDR
Performed live and recorded directly to a Tascam DR-100 MKIII Linear PCM Recorder.
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