Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Optigan Recordings by Johnny Largo


Published on Mar 22, 2017 optigandotcom

"These are demo recordings of the Optigan made by in-house musical director Johnny Largo (aka Johnny La Padula - see http://optigan.com/info/optigan/emplo...). Much of this material has not previously been heard, having languished on the original studio master tapes for 45 years. This will give a good sense of what the Optigan can sound like in the hands of a true professional, as well as serve as a general demonstration for the various discs. Sorry, I don't have recordings of Johnny demonstrating every last disc that was released, but I've posted what I do have."

Such a trip. For those not familiar with the Optigan it was like an optical record version of the Mellotron. The discs were like large clear flexi-disc with waveforms drawn on them. The Optigon would then play the waveforms as you played its keyboard. The Optigan was released in 1971. You can find previous posts on the Optigan via the label below, and of course you can find a ton of info on http://optigan.com.

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