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(YouTube)   While he's off recording at Abbey Road Studios, Keith Emerson gives some blind teenage girl full access to his home studio. Let the awesomeness begin at 2:02   (youtube.com) divider line 49
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2014-03-19 05:43:40 PM
Not only  did she get to play with "The Beast," but did so flawlessly.  I am so farking jealous on both counts!  Brava!
 
2014-03-19 05:53:22 PM
Nicely done.

It was also almost like being at an EL&P concert with the equipment dude jumping on stage every 68 seconds to adjust the pots.
 
2014-03-19 06:04:04 PM
That was pretty freaking incredible. He should take her on tour, and have dueling moogs. It would be awesome.
 
2014-03-19 06:35:18 PM
It's nice to see young people taking an interest in the classics.
 
2014-03-19 08:30:44 PM
That was absolutely amazing to see that kind of talent.
/maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?
 
2014-03-19 08:36:29 PM
that was the nice!
 
2014-03-19 08:47:37 PM
That is cool as shiate. I always thought Emerson was kind of a douche, but maybe I was wrong.

BTW, those Moog systems in the 70's cost thousands of dollars (probably like $20,000 or more in today's money) and were very heavy and technical and difficult to move on tour. The only people that could use them were Emerson, The Who, and Stevie Wonder.
 
2014-03-19 08:50:01 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: /maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?


If you mean the big box on the floor to her right, that's a Leslie rotary speaker.  No Hammond B3, C3, etc is complete without one, even though old man Hammond absolutely hated them.
 
2014-03-19 09:11:27 PM

2xhelix: AlwaysRightBoy: /maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?

If you mean the big box on the floor to her right, that's a Leslie rotary speaker.  No Hammond B3, C3, etc is complete without one, even though old man Hammond absolutely hated them.


Thanks, I know nothing about that kind of equipment.
/Emerson, Lake & Palmer were some of the earlier albums I bought.
 
2014-03-19 10:16:53 PM
Ok. I was super impressed. When she started slapping the piano bench to keep time, I fell in love.
 
2014-03-19 10:28:23 PM
be careful as you pass
move along, move along.

Young lady has serious chops.
 
2014-03-19 10:41:33 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: That was absolutely amazing to see that kind of talent.
/maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?


I'm thinking it is a speaker enclosure, perhaps with a rotating driver?   Maybe a Leslie?

i.ebayimg.com

They give a really interesting effect to the sound.
 
2014-03-19 10:44:52 PM
Seriously. Very impressive. Wish I still had a turntable.

//// lawn, off.
 
2014-03-19 10:52:10 PM
It's an old video but still pretty awesome. Rachel Flowers is an extraordinarily talented young musician and has been around YT for a while - Emerson sort of took her under his wing to foster her development which can only lead to good things..

My favorite video of hers.

Joe Satriani's "Flying in a Blue Dream"
 
2014-03-19 10:58:21 PM

vernonFL: That is cool as shiate. I always thought Emerson was kind of a douche, but maybe I was wrong.


Nah, Emerson's a pretty decent, down-to-earth guy.  Lake was the huge douchebag of that group.  Yeah, they had some king-sized egos regarding the music, but Emerson's very different from his stage persona.
 
2014-03-19 11:07:09 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: AlwaysRightBoy: That was absolutely amazing to see that kind of talent.
/maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?

I'm thinking it is a speaker enclosure, perhaps with a rotating driver?   Maybe a Leslie?

[i.ebayimg.com image 300x200]

They give a really interesting effect to the sound.


Heh, my sister was (still is) a professional church organist, we had an organ in our house with a leslie speaker.  Then one day I realized the amperage of the amplifier in that thing.  Next party at our house, I patched into the leslie.  WOW.
 
2014-03-19 11:08:21 PM
Holy sh*t, that girl has SKILLS.
 
2014-03-19 11:13:06 PM
3 things.

1 - She's really gettin' down with that tech
2 - yeah, that's an enclosure for a Leslie speaker
3 - at about 11 years old in the late 70's, I sent in to get catalogs from these guys.  Grew up poor and could never afford the "real" stuff from Moog, etc, but also couldn't afford these guy's kits.  WTH, they're still in business!  Now I can afford them, but the wife won't approve.  Hmm, time for a mid-life crisis, I expect.
 
2014-03-19 11:17:52 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: AlwaysRightBoy: That was absolutely amazing to see that kind of talent.
/maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?

I'm thinking it is a speaker enclosure, perhaps with a rotating driver?   Maybe a Leslie?

[i.ebayimg.com image 300x200]

They give a really interesting effect to the sound.


yes, that's a Leslie
 
2014-03-19 11:21:03 PM

Earguy: Kraftwerk Orange: AlwaysRightBoy: That was absolutely amazing to see that kind of talent.
/maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?

I'm thinking it is a speaker enclosure, perhaps with a rotating driver?   Maybe a Leslie?

[i.ebayimg.com image 300x200]

They give a really interesting effect to the sound.

Heh, my sister was (still is) a professional church organist, we had an organ in our house with a leslie speaker.  Then one day I realized the amperage of the amplifier in that thing.  Next party at our house, I patched into the leslie.  WOW.


wattage?

Anyway, yes Leslies are exremely desireable for a number of reason.

Kind of dry and technical, but if you're into that kind of thing

http://www.theatreorgans.com/hammond/faq/mystery/mystery.html
 
2014-03-19 11:22:20 PM

GypsyJoker: vernonFL: That is cool as shiate. I always thought Emerson was kind of a douche, but maybe I was wrong.

Nah, Emerson's a pretty decent, down-to-earth guy.  Lake was the huge douchebag of that group.  Yeah, they had some king-sized egos regarding the music, but Emerson's very different from his stage persona.


So much this.

Never be around Greg when it's his birthday. Insufferable.
 
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2014-03-19 11:22:26 PM

SansNeural: 2 3 - at about 11 years old in the late 70's, I sent in to get catalogs from these guys.  Grew up poor and could never afford the "real" stuff from Moog, etc, but also couldn't afford these guy's kits.  WTH, they're still in business!  Now I can afford them, but the wife won't approve.  Hmm, time for a mid-life crisis, I expect.


Check out www.synthesizers.com.  They're based out of my hometown  They do extraordinary work, but are still totally reasonable.  With your own controller, 1000 buys you an incredible modular synth.  That's double-you double-you double-you synthesizers dot com.
 
2014-03-19 11:31:45 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: That was absolutely amazing to see that kind of talent.
/maybe a stupid question, but what is that large wooden box piece next to keyboard?


That's a Les... damn beat me to it.

/needs to get off fat ass, and get his 760 out of storage, make a great bass amp also, something about the resonance I've never been able to get out of another speaker cabinet.
 
2014-03-20 12:36:47 AM
That just got better and better...AWESOME.
 
2014-03-20 12:38:21 AM

vernonFL: That is cool as shiate. I always thought Emerson was kind of a douche, but maybe I was wrong.

BTW, those Moog systems in the 70's cost thousands of dollars (probably like $20,000 or more in today's money) and were very heavy and technical and difficult to move on tour. The only people that could use them were Emerson, The Who, and Stevie Wonder.


Actually, it was $20,000 or more in 1970s money.
Those things were by special order only, and you didn't see them on display at music stores.
Not even Manny's.

The Who didn't use Moog.
Every synth sound you hear on "Who's Next", was done on an ARP 2600

Both instruments were a nightmare to use live, and used to go in and out of tune depending upon stage temperature, so the synth you had at soundcheck  didn't exist once the lights started heating the stage.

Nothing was programmable.
When Edgar Winter hit it big with his signature hit "Frankenstein", the ARP 2600 head that he had onstage was just a prop. Fact is, there was a guy stage right, wrangling 3 ARP 2600 mainframes that plugged his mobile keyboard into the properly programmed unit at the right part of the song.

This is not to disparage Edgar.
He does his own programming, but no audience wants to see you stop the song for a few minutes while you move a few patch cables around, so for the sake of continuity, you have your keyboard tech do the patching and don't skip a beat.
 
2014-03-20 12:40:10 AM
Thanks subby, I enjoyed that very much.
 
2014-03-20 12:47:20 AM
Whoa....I wasn't expecting that much awesomeness.
 
2014-03-20 02:25:45 AM
The tears in my eyes?  They're real.
 
2014-03-20 03:26:32 AM

Staffist: The tears in my eyes?  They're real.


I happen to have a few . . .

Wowww!

home.earthlink.net
 
2014-03-20 03:31:16 AM
she definitely has the skills.
He could have been naked the entire time and she never would have known.
 
2014-03-20 03:32:50 AM

El Morro: Holy sh*t, that girl has SKILLS.


She has more than that,
that girl has people all around her who love and support her.
 
2014-03-20 03:44:43 AM
All I can say is WOW.   The difficulty of playing this song is very hard, yet she played flawlessly, including working the different moog settings and structures that brought this song to life.
 
2014-03-20 04:11:35 AM
I've been a fan of Rachel's on Facebook and Youtube for a little over two years now, she can rock out! I met and worked with Keith back in the late 80's early 90's doing custom synth sound design, he is a super nice guy, glad he let Rachel fool around with his Moog.

Her mom has a cool youtube channel with a bunch of her videos on it, check them out here;
https://www.youtube.com/user/12stringbabe/videos

P.S. A lot of her videos have been taken down (at her request) what's left is, the videos she is cool with having up on youtube. Her mom takes care of all the youtube stuff for her since she doesn't really do the computer thing.

P.P.S. She plays everything by ear! Dammit so much - I want talent like that.
 
2014-03-20 04:23:57 AM
NOT shot in Keith's home studio, this was shot at Gene Stoop's home, friend and synth guru in the Los Angeles (Canoga Park) area.

/not that it really matters
 
2014-03-20 04:33:30 AM
Keith Emerson is still alive?  I used to have all the old ELP albums.  I kind of forgot about them and thought they were all hiding out in caves or something.

She's good.

It would be interesting to have that wall of wires and knobs explained.
 
2014-03-20 04:40:24 AM
Oooh, what a lucky girl she was.
 
2014-03-20 06:08:05 AM
makes me wish rick wakeman was still that good...
 
2014-03-20 06:37:13 AM
AWESOME!!
 
2014-03-20 08:17:01 AM
This was really, really great.  Wasn't aware of her before now, again, behold the power of Fark!

I was maybe 13 when I got a copy of the triple-LP live ELP set and was blown away by the musicianship.  This of course led to a full-on prog meltdown and I wound up into a lot of Rick Wakeman solo records and so forth for a good while...

Loved the bench-tapping, the patch-swapping and pot-twiddling, and the little joyful jig at the end especially.  Would definitely love a verbose show and tell concerning all the gear in the room.

Mellotrons were another piece of super-flaky 70s live gear that were heavily affected by environmental conditions.  They worked on tape loops and were notorious for going in and out of tune.
 
2014-03-20 09:02:54 AM

433: SansNeural: 2 3 - at about 11 years old in the late 70's, I sent in to get catalogs from these guys.  Grew up poor and could never afford the "real" stuff from Moog, etc, but also couldn't afford these guy's kits.  WTH, they're still in business!  Now I can afford them, but the wife won't approve.  Hmm, time for a mid-life crisis, I expect.

Check out www.synthesizers.com.  They're based out of my hometown  They do extraordinary work, but are still totally reasonable.  With your own controller, 1000 buys you an incredible modular synth.  That's double-you double-you double-you synthesizers dot com.


Tyler, TX, eh?  PAiA was started in Oklahoma City, now based in Edmond, OK with offices of some sort in Austin, TX.  Strange that this region should be the last holdout for analog synth manufacturing.

PAiA had a user group magazine that became Polyphony magazine (which I was subscribed to for a short while in the late '70s) which later became Electronic Musician magazine.
 
2014-03-20 09:35:00 AM

SansNeural: 433: SansNeural: 2 3 - at about 11 years old in the late 70's, I sent in to get catalogs from these guys.  Grew up poor and could never afford the "real" stuff from Moog, etc, but also couldn't afford these guy's kits.  WTH, they're still in business!  Now I can afford them, but the wife won't approve.  Hmm, time for a mid-life crisis, I expect.

Check out www.synthesizers.com.  They're based out of my hometown  They do extraordinary work, but are still totally reasonable.  With your own controller, 1000 buys you an incredible modular synth.  That's double-you double-you double-you synthesizers dot com.

Tyler, TX, eh?  PAiA was started in Oklahoma City, now based in Edmond, OK with offices of some sort in Austin, TX.  Strange that this region should be the last holdout for analog synth manufacturing.

PAiA had a user group magazine that became Polyphony magazine (which I was subscribed to for a short while in the late '70s) which later became Electronic Musician magazine.


Ha, I see a connection now.  I just read the "About" page at synthesizers.com and see that the owner says "My first synthesizer kits were from Paia which still work to this day!"
 
2014-03-20 11:23:53 AM
It's not very often one of these videos leaves me speechless.  Wow.  That's all I got.  Wow.
 
2014-03-20 12:37:40 PM
This is her doing an amazing cover of Inca Roads.  Every piece of every instrument is done by her.

https://soundcloud.com/rachelflowers-1/inca-roads

There are no words.
 
2014-03-20 01:56:49 PM
And yet the shiat that gets on the charts is motherfarking Ke$ha?

This girl is way more deserving of fame and fortune.
 
2014-03-20 03:53:20 PM
I assure you it's a flute. Just put your lips over the end like this.
 
2014-03-20 05:40:24 PM

AltheaToldMe: This is her doing an amazing cover of Inca Roads.  Every piece of every instrument is done by her.

https://soundcloud.com/rachelflowers-1/inca-roads

There are no words.


It's amazing how short a good music thread can be when it does't involve pop.

That was nice
 
2014-03-20 06:37:07 PM
shiat like this makes me want to kill myself. Sigh.
 
2014-03-20 07:07:26 PM

Nix Nightbird: And yet the shiat that gets on the charts is motherfarking Ke$ha?


Your post really improved this thread
 
2014-03-20 07:41:03 PM
All of my hats are off to her. She's a wonderfully talented musician. What's my fat, lazy, sighted arse done lately that's a quarter that good? Nuthin'...sigh.
 
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