During the 90s, I used to have a small music studio that consisted of 2 keyboards and several music modules. The first computer used to put this song collection together was an Atari 1040ST which needed to have it’s RAM upgraded to 4 Megs. Had to buy a retro kit that provided alligator clips for connecting to the motherboard. Alligator clips? Soldered those connections making it look nice.
The software used was Emagic’s Creator program, later upgraded to Notator. Loved the software.
Some of the components consisted of:
- Yamaha DX7
- Roland JX8P
- E-mu Proteus 1
- E-mu Proteus 2
- Korg Wavestation SR
- Roland M-SE1 String Ensemble
- Alesis D4 Drum Module
- E-mu ProFormance Piano Module
- Atari 1040ST
- Emagic Creator Software
Worked out a groove for this one and discovered a cool harp preset on the DX7. There are harp glissandi that were done with the E-mu Proteus 2 but the melody is a DX7 preset. The Brass is a mixture of presets from the E-mu Proteus 1.
Watching classic reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” or “The Dick Van Dyke Show” introduced me to the wonderful music of Earle Hagen. His creative talent has always been an inspiration to me.
This is a piece that was meant to be a parody of the classic films of the past. It has a march which breaks into a romantic melody and then ends with the march. The arrangement had to be simplified in some parts because of the polyphony limits of some of the modules. The Roland String Module was great for adding more depth but the polyphony limit was always a challenge.
Just Some Music Samples
This is just a small sample of some of the music written over the years.