MATRIXSYNTH: RICHARD D. JAMES (Aphex Twin) Interviews Korg's Tatsuya Takahashi

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

RICHARD D. JAMES (Aphex Twin) Interviews Korg's Tatsuya Takahashi


korg funk 5 [Audio] Published on Jul 11, 2017 Korg

First an all KORG track from RICHARD D. JAMES that accompanies the interview.

"© 2017 RICHARD D. JAMES ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The all korg track created using:
Korg Monologue x3
Korg MS-20 kit
Korg Poly-61M
Korg Volca keys
Korg Volca beats
Korg Volca sample
Korg Minilogue
son on vox

Read the full article with Richard D. James and synth designer Tatsuya Takahashi here:
http://found.ee/aphex-korg

Graphic by Ryo Asakura (Seventhgraphics)
http://seventh.graphics/"


You can thank Richard D. James for the mircrotuning on Monologue.

"RICHARD D. JAMES: I really enjoyed working on this with you. I know I only joined the project near the end, but I found it really exciting. Like a proper job, ha.

TATSUYA TAKAHASHI: Richard, it was amazing working with you on the monologue. And now to be interviewed by you?!? That's crazy. But also a lot of fun. The monologue was also the last Korg synth that I was involved with directly, so I guess it's a nice conclusion to things.

RDJ: It is now the only synth on the market currently being made to have full microtuning editing, congratulations!

TT: Thanks! But it was completely because of you that we included microtuning. If you hadn't insisted on it, I definitely wouldn't have discovered how powerful it was. Did you ever have a moment of realisation, or some kind of trigger that made you discover microtuning?

RDJ: The first thoughts that I had about tuning in general happened with my early noodlings on a Yamaha DX100, one of the first synths I saved up for. I remember looking at the master tuning of 440 Hz and thinking I would change it, for no other reason apart from it was set by default to that frequency and that it could be changed."

Be sure to read the full interview. It's a fascinating read and it reminded me of why I got into synthesis back in 1986 or so myself. My first synth was the Oberheim Matrix-6, hence the whole "matrix" thing. The appeal wasn't to play conventional music, but rather to explore sound - to explore moods.

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