I remember the late 1970s and the initial sounds of keyboard bands. Before Depeche Mode and the Human League I remember my brother playing Warm Leatherette and TVOD by The Normal. Great stuff but one day he came home with a 12" single of a German band called Kraftwerk and I was attracted to the somewhat harsh/angular sounds that were really quite infectious. They became the huge band that we all now know with Trans Europe Express being my particular favourite.
Now you can have a go at recreating your own Kraftwerk song as this chap has done by using the Korg DS-10 Synthesizer for the DS.:
Apparently it's quite a complex interface but I wonder how secondary music departments might be disposed to trying this out?
Here it is in action...
...and here's a fill list of the detailed features:
- 2 patchable dual-oscillator analog synth simulators + 4-part drum machine.
- 6-track/16-step sequencer – connect wirelessly to play up to 8 units simultaneously or exchange sounds and songs.
- Delay, chorus and flanger sound effects available from the mixing board.
- 3 note-entry options: touch-control screen, keyboard screen, matrix screen.
- Sequence keyboard and KAOSS Pad, allowing intuitive note input and control using the Nintendo DS Touch Screen and Stylus.
- Unlimited range of sound creation thanks to an authentic synthesizer sound editing environment with an installed patch-panel
The sound output from a DS is really quite something so I look forward to hearing what can be created with this. I'm not doing the robotic movements though.