I LAUgh. Roger is so awkward. He’s like “I’m not getting paid enough, no way.”
Favoriting/reblogging posts in tags from 3 years ago because no one really knows who Richard Barbieri is.
Richard Barbieri (of Japan/Porcupine Tree) playing around on his single-cabinet Roland System 700 at the Roland Synth Show a few hours ago now is just about the best I’ve ever heard a synth sound. He didn’t even play the keyboard, just messed around with the oscillators, filters, envelopes and S&H functions whilst pulsating bass and whooshing noise flowed from speaker to speaker. Needless to say, I want one of these units now. 808state and Way Out West collaborated using a TR-909, TE-707, TB-303, a Juno 6 and an SH-101 and that all went a bit wrong because they hadn’t rehearsed…
I also got to play some (very) old analog Juno and Jupiter series synths, which made the current near-£3000 digital Jupiter 80 sound like a cheap, tacky toy in comparison. There was also a TR-808 on display.
Considering it was essentially a thinly-veiled advert for Roland under the guise of a 40th anniversary celebration, all it convinced me was that Roland have produced nothing decent since 1987, but the stuff they made before then was top notch