MATRIXSYNTH: Door #20: O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) - Synthmas '21

Monday, December 20, 2021

Door #20: O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) - Synthmas '21

video upload by Synthfluencer

"Ho-Ho-Ho! This is Synthmas '21, the virtual calendar presenting a Christmas carol played by synthesizers - every day from 1st to 24th of December.

The song:
This song was first mentioned around 1550. In the first place a tragic love song, it describes the ever-green and steady fir tree as the opposite to a unsteady philandering lover. In late 19th Century verses were changed and made this one of the most famous German Christmas Carols.

The gear:
I play the lead voice by hand using the Yamaha CS-80 and the Kawai Synthesizer 100F. Both built in the late seventees, these mono synths formed together with a Moog Prodigy, ARP-2600 and Roland Jupiter-4 the basic setup of Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell era. The Kawai 100F (also branded "Teisco") is a mono synth with a very unique sound. At first the synth seem to be quite basic but it has some very neat modulation options under it's hood.

Both synths sound is passed through chorus / delay effects and backed by Deepmind pad and Blofeld arpeggio sound.

Trailer material: (image @seurafrancis99, video @cottonbro)"

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