MATRIXSYNTH: Joe Zawinul in rehearsal 1985 - Raw Footage

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Joe Zawinul in rehearsal 1985 - Raw Footage

video by Estel Dillon

Some studio time with Joe Zawinul and his synths. See the comments below for some gear spotting.

"Joe Zawinul-recorded summer 1985; raw tape-no edits. In the summer of 1985, I was working at a television network as a photographer/editor. For one segment of a multi-part series on jazz music, I was fortunate to spend a day with Joe Zawinul, shooting his rehearsal and interviewing him about his long career. I saved some of the tape and decided to post it for his fan's enjoyment. Unfortunately, the tape of his main interview is lost. But what remains is interesting. Joe Zawinul was and remains a master musician. He was also a very nice guy. After the shoot was finished, his wife served us all some gumbo and Joe brought out a bottle of Slivovitz, which we finished. After that, the real stories began! What a great day that was!"


I'm guessing this was for his album Di•a•lects - via Wikipedia:

Di•a•lects is an album by Joe Zawinul that was released in 1986. It was created by Zawinul alone with his programmed synths and rhythm machines, using vocoders on his own vox and importing Bobby McFerrin’s improvised onomatopoetics and a vocal trio singing in a Zawinul-created language on other tracks."[2] The AllMusic reviewer concluded, "This is an important, overlooked album because it proves that electronic instruments can reach your emotions and shake your body when played by someone who has bothered to learn how to master them."[1]


  1. The keyboard under the Polaris looks like a Prophet 8T, not a Chroma. Although he does have a Chroma expander underneath the Oberheim Xpander. Also the vocoder is the Korg VC-10 which is on the floor underneath the Chroma, the mic he is using also says Korg on it. Beside the LinnDrum is also an Oberheim DSX and an Arp Sequencer. Very cool video.

  2. SCI T8 below the Chroma Polaris. THere's also a SCI Prophet sequencer & ARP Sequencer below the P5. Korg DW-6000 above the P5. Korg DDM-110 DDM-220 drum machines atop the T8

  3. Korg VC-10 vocoder is on the floor. Also Oberheim DSX sequencer with the other sequencers.

  4. would be nice to be a fly on that wall, if you're prepared to dodge some hands!

  5. Thanks all. Post updated. I should have skipped ahead but didn't want to and thought I'd watch more later. As usual, stuff happens...

  6. Theres a Linn LM1 in there too!



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