Pink Floyd Keyboardist Rick Wright Dies, Aged 65

 

Richard Wright, one of the founder members of Pink Floyd, died yesterday (Monday 15th Sept.) after battling with cancer.

 

 

Wright, besides playing the keyboards, also wrote some songs for the band and even sang some of their material, early in the Pink Floyd career, including “Paintbox” and “Remember A Day”. Though those songs were overshadowed by Syd Barretts’ genial early work, they still represent that early, psychedelic pop side of Pink Floyd very well, and there’s much to be said for Rick Wright’s knack for writing such breezy, gentle tunes as these – both essential staples in any collection of early, non-album Pink Floyd tracks:



Pink Floyd performing Wright’s tune “Remember A Day” on French TV

 

 

 
Early Pink Floyd promo video, Rick Wright sings “Paint Box”

 

Guitarist David Gilmour said: “He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him.”

Writing on his website, he added: “And that’s a lot of people. Did he not get the loudest, longest round of applause at the end of every show in 2006?”

Wright’s spokesman said in a statement: “The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.”

Rick Wright was a self-taught keyboard player and pianist, and his liquid, intuitive playing and use of effects such as Leslie speaker and echoe boxes, greatly enhanced the Pink Floyd sound in some of their best and most seminal albums, from Floyd’s debut “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” to “Echoes” and “The Dark Side Of The Moon”.


Wright (left) and his Pink Floyd bandmates in ’67

 

Wright’s work on the title track of “Echoes”, with it’s amazing use of the Leslie Rotating Speaker, is one of the most classic keyboard parts in rock’n’roll, and is still greatly appreciated by keyboard players today. It was one of the highlights of Pink Floyd’s film “Live In Pompeii”, and here’s “Echoes – Part I” for you:

Wright, a founder member of The Pink Floyd Sound – and other previous incarnations including Sigma 6 – met Waters and Mason at architecture school. Despite his important role within the band, Wright was forced to leave Pink Floyd in the early 80’s, after working on “The Wall”, due to artistic differences with Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters.

 

When Waters eventually left Pink Floyd, Rick Wright resumed his role in the band, working on a string of successful comeback albums such as “The Division Bell” in 1994, that kept the Pink Floyd flame still burning bright, well into the 90’s.

 

In 2005, the full band reunited – for the first time in 24 years – for the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park. Fans worldwide were rejoiced to see Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright and drummer Nick Mason together onstage again, and it was one of the highlights of the event.


Pink Floyd at Live 8

 

There was much speculation – or at least hope – that Pink Floyd would reform and tour again.

 

The band never confirmed the rumours, and now, with Rick Wright’s passing, those hopes are dashed forever. Rick Wright is now joining Syd Barrett at the Great Gig In The Sky…

Yamaha debuts new DGX Portable Grands

For an RRP of £599 the DGX630 Portable Grand is a fantastic investment for the family. Read on to find out more about the instrument, it’s development and exactly what you get for you money.

As part of Yamaha’s continuing goal to make great instruments even more accessible to hobby musicians, a new keyboard concept, the DGX Portable Grand series, was introduced in 2002. These instruments featured many of the musical and tuition features of Yamaha’s successful portable keyboard range, together with an extended 76 or 88-note keyboard, allowing piano-style performance at a much lower price point. The DGX concept was further refined with the introduction of the DGX620 in 2006, which featured for the first time a fully weighted Graded Hammer action keyboard, giving the performer true acoustic piano feel and response. The DGX620 proved to be a big hit with consumers and trade alike, earning high praise for its technology and design, and winning the CES Innovation 2007 Award in the USA, and the Japanese Good Design Award. Now Yamaha goes one stage further with the introduction of the new DGX630, shown for the first time to the UK public at the recent London International Music Show.

A number of significant improvements have been made by Yamaha’s technical boffins, not least in the area of piano playability. The maximum polyphony of the instrument has been doubled to 64 notes, allowing the player to appreciate the natural resonant sound of the piano without any discontinuity or ‘clipped’ notes, especially when using the damper pedal. This difference is even more noticeable when playing with Dual voices, such as Piano layered with Strings, and allows full, rich orchestral textures to be enjoyed in live play. Whilst the DGX630 inherits its superior piano sound from its predecessor, it moves closer to the authentic sound of an acoustic piano, thanks to a special new acoustic adjustment which allows for much more natural reverberation. Finally, pianists can now manage pedals just as on an acoustic piano with the optional 3-pedal unit which provides not only sustain but also soft and sostenuto pedals. These refinements make the DGX630 truly without comparison in the compact arranger piano world… but there’s much more.

New studio quality DSP effects transform the instrument’s orchestral voicing – electric pianos have automatic stereo panning, rock organs scream through rotary speakers, lead guitars get a cool distortion effect, and many more. This sound technology has been adapted from Yamaha’s larger portable keyboard models such as the PSR-S700. A new selection of electric pianos and clavinet sounds adds to the sonic armoury. Yamaha have also adapted accompaniment styles from the recently introduced CVP400 series Clavinovas and added them to the DGX630, giving a more professional backing band than ever before. These styles also include improved fill-in patterns, which give a natural and authentic progression through different sections of a song. Thanks to the expanded range of musical genres in the style section, Yamaha have also expanded the useful Music Database feature to include a total of 300 automatic setups for many of the world’s most popular songs. In short, the DGX630 is an amazing instrument at just £599.99.

The new DGX630 has two smaller brothers – the DGX530 (88-note) and DGX230 (76-note). Both of these instruments feature the new Graded Soft Touch action first seen on the NP30 portable piano, which gives a slightly heavier touch in the bass register whilst still featuring the soft touch of a traditional portable keyboard. Both models feature a selection of new improved voices and styles and represent excellent value for money at £499.99 and £299.99 respectively.

Judging by the public’s reaction at LIMS2008, the new DGX range looks certain to be a massive hit with the UK’s keyboard playing public.

Check them out now at Dolphin Music!

Yamaha DGX630

Yamaha DGX530

Yamaha DGX230

Yamaha Tyros 3 Available To Order Now!

One of the hottest releases of the year is available to Pre-Order NOW! Be one of the first to own the Tyros 3 keyboard!

61-key digital workstation with authentic sounds, powerful, exciting styles.
Combines the most advanced tone generation technology, Super Articulation 2 with state-of-the-art digital electronics and features to give you stunning sound quality with maximum musical versatility.

 

Dolphin Music will be receiving stock from the first available UK shipment, and won’t be beaten on price! You can Pre-Order, see more Tyros 3 photos and reserve yours now! Just visit the Tyros 3 Product Page!
749 Voices, 35 Drum/SFX Kits and 480 XG and 256 GM2 Voices including brand new Super Articulation 2 Technology
450 exceptionally high-quality Styles including the new MegaVoices
Eight slider, one assignable slider and articulation switches
Adoption of Two-Track Hard Disk Recorder and large-capacity Hard Disk Drive
Convenient Multi Pad Sync function, Registration and OTS Setting

 

Listen To Tyros 3 Sound Samples!

  1. Concert Grand Piano
  2. Clarinet
  3. Organ

samples taken from Tyros3.net – please visit Tyros3.net  if you wish to hear more. Thanks!

Features
FSX keyboard – The Tyros3 features the highest quality synthesizer keyboard we’ve ever made: the FSX keyboard. Physically, the keys are of high-precision manufacture and offer greater durability than conventional models. Most importantly, however, the keyboard has enhanced touch response, making it the most expressive and musical keyboard in its class.

 

TFT LCD Display – Tyros3 is the first Yamaha digital keyboard to feature a high-resolution, 640×480, color TFT (Thin Film Transistor) LCD screen. Big and bright, the 7.5 inch display shows all important settings and parameters with crystal clear clarity, even under extreme lighting conditions. The TFT display has a hugely wide viewing angle which means the content is clearly visible whatever your playing position. The entire display panel is 5-point adjustable; flat for storage or tilted up to enhance visibility during performance.

Super Articulation 2 – Mainly for wind instrument Voices, a special Yamaha technology called AEM has been used, which features detailed samples of special expressive techniques used on those specific instruments – to bend or slide into notes, to “join” different notes together, or to add expressive nuances at the end of a note, etc.
Articulation Element Modeling (AEM) – Articulation Element Modeling (AEM) is the technology for simulating this characteristic of instruments. During performance, the most appropriate sound samples are selected in sequence in real time, from huge quantities of sampled data. They are smoothly joined and sounded – as would naturally occur on an actual acoustic instrument.

Intuitive, Quick-Access Sliders – Eight sliders have been provided just below the LCD display let you conveniently and quickly adjust all parameters shown in the display. The additional ASSIGN slider allows you to assign a desired function (volume, reverb, etc.) and control it in real-time during your performance. These nine sliders function as footage levers when the Organ Flutes display is shown.

Two-track Hard Disk Recorder – The Hard Disk Recorder lets you record your performances to two audio tracks – Main and Sub. A Bounce recording feature lets you record even more tracks, allowing you to easily record multiple parts in layers.

Massive 80GB HDD – Staggering amount of MIDI data, style data, wav files and the like can be stored on the keyboard’s internal hard disk.

for more Tyros 3 images click here

Convenient Multi Pad Sync function / Registrations and OTS Information – You can embellish your performance as you play with several preset phrases by using the Multi Pads. These can even be synchronized with Style/Song playback. The information displays for Registration Memory and One Touch Setting allow you to confirm the registered panel setups easily.

Voice Expandability – Download additional Voices from the website and load them to the Tyros3 – and increase your selection of available voices.

High-Speed Communication – The built-in LAN terminal lets you easily connect your instrument directly to the Internet. The USB terminals compatible with USB 2.0 High-Speed enable high-speed communication with USB storage devices and computers.

For more details and to order, please visit the Tyros 3 Product Page

Tyros 3 Up Close And Personal Events at the Dolphin Music Shops!

Dolphin Music will be hosting two Tyros 3 events, at the Huddersfield and Gateshead shops, where customers will be able to see demo and have a go at this fantastic new release! To learn more details, click here.

Waldorf New Blofeld Keyboard Synthesizer!

If you thought the original Blofeld was great, you’ll love this new keyboard synthesizer!

Blofeld Keyboard

Blofeld Keyboard

We are proud to introduce the next member of the Waldorf family, our brand new Blofeld keyboard!

Available at Dolphin for £599

Features:

  • 60 Megabyte sample memory 
  • Class compliant USB MIDI for PC,Mac and Linux 
  • 16 part multimode 
  • maximum 25 voices polyphony 
  • highest quality standard keybed with 49 weighted keys and aftertouch 
  • Internal power supply 
  • Pitchbend and modulation wheel 
  • Virtual analog, wavetable, and sample based oscillators 
  • MIDI in/out 
  • Sturdy metal case 
  • Stainless steel rotary encoders 
  • Backlit 128×64 pixel LCD 
  • Over 1000 sounds 
  • 3 oscillators, 2 filters per voice 
  • Selectable drive curves 
  • Frequency modulation for oscillators and filters 
  • Three LFO, four envelopes per voice 
  • Extensive modulation capabilities 
  • Complex arpeggiator 
  • Powerful effects section 
  • weight: apprx 8,– kgs 
  • weight in carton: apprx 9,5 kgs

NEW FORUM TO PROMOTE YOUR MUSIC!

Dolphin Music’s new magazine, Music Planet, also exists in online format.

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And the best thing is – Dolphin created a new and extensive forum where you can post gig announcements, plug your band, share ideas and discuss gear…

It’s still not quite so full of content because it IS brand new, but don’t be shy and start using it!

Who knows – your band might grab the attention of Music Planet and we might end up featuring you on the mag! And besides, unlike most web forums, the Music Planet forum is linked to a magazine which has a potential reach of over 40 thousand readers!!!

Not promising anything, mind…but start promoting YOUR MUSIC today!!!

VISIT THE MUSIC PLANET FORUM