Here is an instrumental I want to share with you.  Much of story telling is history, and much of my history might be considered ancient history to many of you.  We take a lot of things for granted.  It is hard to imagine times without smart phones, GPS navigation devices and e-mail.  Well, it helps to imagine those times but in the music industry.  When the first synthesizers came out you could create really cool new sounds but you could only play one or two notes at a time!!!  The major studios had upped the game and could now record up to 4 tracks of audio on the reel to reel tape machines.  Computers were so slow and had such limited memory that it was difficult if not impossible to record hi-quality tracks without it crashing or losing what you just recorded.

One of those new amazing synthesizers was from Moog.  Even now you will probably recognize songs that used these new machines.  Moog Swing is an instrumental I wrote in honor of the Moog sounds, although I did not own one.  I programmed one of my tone generators to get as close as I could to mimic the classic Moog sound.  This is all MIDI tracks recorded on the Atari 1040ST.  I would have to look at my track-sheet notes to confirm, but I think the drum sounds came from a Yamaha RX15 drum machine.  This is the same drum machine I used on the road in Corpus Christie Texas and you can hear it again in the song “Our Bodies Move” from my earlier post.  Today, modern samplers and PC program plug-ins attempt to offer the popular sounds from the ancient tone generators and keyboards in wave play-back programs, but it is nothing like the real thing.

  1. Sometimes the things of the past has its value of what today is not recognize by the new generation. My kids cannot imagine to have to live without their advanced gadgets.

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    • midimike says:

      So true. I try to stay up with technology but I also know the roots and how it all came together. Soon, with voice commands and other advances, we won’t even have to touch the device to make it work!

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  2. Tom Robinson says:

    This tune is clean and dark. You abuse the piano with diminished seconds, both high and low. The orchestration is Quincy Jones-esque. Spooky tune!

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    • midimike says:

      I like the contrast in themes, happy and open at first then leaning dark as you mentioned adding a bit of tension as it goes and then back. It is a spooky tune!! And the reference to Quincy Jones is much appreciated.


  3. Tom Robinson says:

    they say you ain’t got a thing if you ain’t got that shwing. . . do bop do bop do bop etc.

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  4. A Dreamer's Dancing says:


    You started following my blog and liked some of my poems/lyrics. Thank you! 🙂 But I’d also like to say that I really dig the groove of your music in addition to your lyrics. I enjoy the unfolding of the story as the atmosphere is built with the sound. Keep on keeping on!

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    • midimike says:

      You are very welcome! I am glad you like the history and the progress of the songs. I am glad knowing some of the history helps bring the music the lyrics together and doesn’t get in the way. Very kind of you, your comments are gracious and well appreciated! I am too old to stop now, force of habit is so song and I am a create of habit! Thank you again.


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