Animal Collective turn to Korg M3 for next album

Call it “noise pop,” “neo-psychedelia,” or “avant-garde electro-folk,” it doesn’t really matter; the fresh and experimental approach Animal Collective takes to their music creates a sound all their own.

Animal Collective

Members Deakin, Avey Tare, Geologist, and Panda Bear have garnered critical acclaim and gushing blog praise as they continue to redefine their sonic signatures.

Panda’s 2007 blissful solo album, Person Pitch, received tons of applause, making numerous indie “Best of” lists, including Album of the Year from major internet publication Pitchfork Media. He, Avey, and Geologist, put together Animal Collective’s most recent offering, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which is already being received as a musical landmark for 2009. We were lucky to have Panda share his thoughts on creating music, and how Korg products help him sculpt his work.

Take us back. How did you begin your journey as a musician?
I started taking piano lessons when I was 8 or so. Then I moved on to cello and then guitar and drums and a bunch of other things. I really had a good time singing in a choir in high school, too, and I feel like it informed most parts of my process these days.

When you create music for Animal Collective or your Panda Bear releases, do you have any go-to techniques or formula…or is each recording approached differently?
I think I’m a little afraid, or at least wary, of having go to techniques, and I feel like I’d rather steer clear of repeating things if I can. I’d like to stay in a zone that’s sort of uncomfortable creatively speaking, if you know what I mean. I’d say that being in the possession of some kind of mastery and being a beginner are two very similar states of mind. So I’d like to stay as close to those extremes as possible.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is out and receiving great reviews…do you have any favorite songs on the album? Any memorable stories from putting it together?
I’ve gone through a couple of favorite songs, and it changes all the time – which is a good thing, I would say! “No More Runnin” is the most emotionally resonant for me these days, and I like a lot of Dave’s words on that song. There was a tornado one day while we were recording (in Oxford, Mississippi), and it passed maybe only 15 miles or so from where we were. We went outside because we heard the sirens, but it seemed really calm and sticky warm out there. Then lightning struck and the sky lit up, and you could see the massive black triangle off in the distance a little bit.

Korg M3Korg M3 workstation…an Animal Collective new favourite

Why did you choose the Korg M3?
I started making songs on a Korg 0/1W pro that my family had, and I feel that by using it so much I came to understand how the thing worked inside and out. I guess I felt like I had learned the Korg language, if you know what I mean. So when I first heard about the Korg M3, I was excited because it felt like a familiar face coming back. I was really into the idea of the Karma engine too, and how it could throw surprises and twists and turns into the sounds. I really like how you can manage the sounds in detail and how you can kind of rip the thing apart from the inside out.

I’ve also really been into the idea of using current equipment and new technologies and devices. I feel like there’s a lot of interest in older machines and gear, and I’d rather go the other way and try to embrace what’s now or what’s new.

Do you have any favorite features of the M3?
I really like the arpeggiator and the Karma engine. I feel like I can get all kinds of sounds just using combinations of those two. I don’t use a keyboard at all, although sometimes I’ll hook up a guitar with a MIDI pickup, because it’s fun to see how things end up melodically and structurally that way.

How did your Korg gear fit into the making of Merriweather Post Pavilion? What do you plan to use live on the upcoming tour?
The other guys used the KAOSS Pads on the record, for sure. I hadn’t gotten the M3 until after the recording of that release was over, but I’m planning to use the m3 nearly exclusively to make my new songs. I really like how with the M3 and other devices Korg seems to be looking forward, and I’d like to be that way creatively if I can.

Check out Merriweather Post Pavilion and find out more about Animal Collective and Panda Bear at www.dominorecordco.com/artists/animal-collective !

Link:

Korg M3 products at Dolphin Music

Animal Collective Artist Page at Dolphin

Animal Collective Myspace page

Yamaha’s Tyros 3: Get Close & Personal!

See The Tyros 3 in action, live! Dolphin Music will be one of the first stores in the UK to recive the Tyros 3, and Dolphin will be organising two instore events for those simply too anxious to know more about the eagerly awaited YamahaTyros 3.

Yamahas new Tyros 3

Yamaha's new Tyros 3

 

The ‘Up Close And Personal’ days will take place on Wednesday 22nd October (Gateshead shop) and Friday 24th October (Huddersfield shop).

At those events, customers will be able to see a demo and have ago on the Tyros 3 – courtesy of Yamaha’s top demonstrator Richard Bowyer, who’ll be giving 1-2-1 lessons on the day. Customers are advised to phone the Dolphin shops to book a slot and avoid disappointment.

Tyros 3 UCAP Event @ Dolphin Gateshead

22/10/2008

16 Garden Walk
Yellow Quadrant
Metro Centre
NE11 9XY

Tel: 0191 493 2244

Tyros 3 UCAP Event @ Dolphin Huddersfield

24/10/2008

11-15 Market Street
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD1 2EH

Tel: 01484 427455

 

Hurry up!

We were informed that the Huddersfield shop has just 2 places (12pm & 2pm) available to fill for a private viewing hosted by ace Yamaha demonstrator, Richard Bower. Call David now on 01484 427455 for more information.

View Yamaha Tyros 3 @ Dolphin

Nord special prices – for a limited time!

Here’s some good news for Nord. Dolphin Music is offering some really good prices on several of their best and most popular models!

Fancy playing a Nord? Great news for you, then – Dolphin Music is offering a great selection of Nord products for very special prices! But hurry up – offer is for a limited-time only!

Nord C1 Combo Organ – ONLY £1499

The dual manual Nord C1 Combo Organ comprises three types of vintage organs: a classical tonewheel, Vox* Continental and Farfisa* Compact Deluxe, all carefully modeled from their originals. Also featuring our famous tube style overdrive, rotating speaker simulation, delay, reverb and more. FULL INFO

Nord Electro 2 – 61 Key – ONLY £899

Remember that great organ sound from Procul Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”? Or the electric piano from Supertramp’s “The Logical Song”? What about the Clavinet from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”? These classic instruments have inspired generations of players and the Electro 2 brings those sounds back. FULL INFO

Nord Electro 2 – 73 Key – ONLY £999

The Remember that great organ sound from Procul Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”? Or the electric piano from Supertramp’s “The Logical Song”? What about the Clavinet from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”? These classic instruments have inspired generations of players and the Electro 2 brings those sounds back. FULL INFO

Nord Rack 2X- ONLY £549

Used extensively in studios, on stage and on records by the world’s greatest artists, the Nord Leads have contributed with their characteristic sound on hit song after hit song. Get this sound, and more, with this rack module! FULL INFO

Nord Stage 88- ONLY £1999

Featuring the best of Clavia’s award-winning technologies, the Nord Stage hosts three different instrument sections – Organ, Piano and Synth – plus an extensive effects section. . FULL INFO

Nord Stage Compact – ONLY £1599

Featuring the best of Clavia’s award-winning technologies, the Nord Stage hosts three different instrument sections – Organ, Piano and Synth – plus an extensive effects section. Compact model! FULL INFO

For more Nord,  Nord page at Dolphin Music 

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.

Yamaha Tyros 3 – The Most Eagerly Awaited Keyboard Of 2008? (UPDATE!)

The countdown has started. In a few weeks time, the new Tyros 3 from Yamaha will be amongst us. But, so far, all we hear about the product itself are speculations, and all Yamaha has given to the public is a puzzle…

Tyros 3...

Tyros 3...

Meanwhile, keyboard enthusiasts wonder what innovations the Tyros 3 will bring, which features it’ll have: Larger, motorised colour screen that can be raised and lowered? Better sounds? Super Articulation 2? USB 2.0? Import and play MP3? Sounds from the Motif XS plus of course many more Styles?

All those rumours have been heard, but no one knows for sure. Yamaha is not releasing any information on the Official Tyros 3 Website just yet…only a puzzle!

A good way to get up-to-date info on the Tyros 3 is contacting Dolphin Music at tyros3@dolphinmusic.co.uk

We can already clarify a few questions about the Tyros 3, which have circulated around the web in recent months. The most obvious, is that it WILL be called Tyros 3, rumours that Tyros 3 will be called a new name were untrue…as shown in the only image released. And, as another piece is added to the puzzle, it seems to our tired eyes that, unlike many people were expecting, the Tyros 3 will have 61 keys, like Tyros 2.

Another 61-keys keyboard? Perhaps...

Another 61-keys keyboard? Perhaps...

By the way, you can already listen to 2 very different Tyros 3 samples by clicking on the puzzle. What do you think?

And more – See The Tyros 3 in action, live, before it’s official release!

Dolphin Music will be organising two instore events for those simply too anxious to know more about Tyros 3. The ‘Up Close And Personal’ days will take place on Wednesday 22nd October (Gateshead shop) and Friday 24th October (Huddersfield shop).

At those events, customers will be able to see a demo and have ago on the Tyros 3 – courtesy of Yamaha’s top demonstrator Richard Bowyer, who’ll be giving 1-2-1 lessons on the day. Customers are advised to phone the Dolphin shops to book a slot and avoid disappointment.

Tyros 3 UCAP Event @ Dolphin Gateshead

22/10/2008

16 Garden Walk
Yellow Quadrant
Metro Centre
NE11 9XY

Tel: 0191 493 2244

Tyros 3 UCAP Event @ Dolphin Huddersfield

24/10/2008

11-15 Market Street
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD1 2EH

Tel: 01484 427455

Let’s now just wait and see if all this hype is justified!