Here’s A Vintage Look At Kraftwerk, ‘The Future Of Music’, From 1975

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The BBC shared this vintage look at Kraftwerk from 1975, when they were the future of music.

The short video profiles Kraftwerk, and captures them doing a live performance of Autobahn. Watch closely and you’ll see them using some classic synths, like the Moog Minimoog and ARP Odyssey. But you’ll also see their custom drum controllers in action.

Video Summary:

Derek Cooper reports on Kraftwerk, a German pop group who are pioneers of a new kind of electronic music. Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Wolfgang Flür and Klaus Röder create and programme sounds at their Dusseldorf laboratory and recreate them on stage using a variety of synthesisers and bespoke electronic instruments.

Here, they perform an excerpt from their most popular track to date, “Autobahn”.

Originally broadcast 25 September, 1975.

A Complete Guide To The ARP Odyssey

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The latest XNB video is a complete guide to the Korg ARP Odysssey, a reissue of the classic ARP monosynth.

The video is not intended to be a review, but rather an in-depth guide to the Korg ARP Odyssey’s design and controls. While the video features the Korg reissue of the Odyssey, most of the information covered applies to the original Odyssey, too, along with unofficial copies, like the Behringer Odyssey.

Topics covered:

0:00 – Intro
03:11 – VCO-1
07:12 – VCO-1 FM
19:43 – VCO-1 Pulse Width
23:34 – VCO-2
32:29 – VCO Sync
37:55 – Sample & Hold and S&H mixer
41:00 – VCF
47:42 – VCF Modulation
57:18 – Audio Mixer
01:01:35 – ADSR & AR
01:07:49 – Gates
01:11:05 – Globals
01:13:41 – Conclusion

The original ARP Odyssey was released in 1972, and was part of the first wave of all-in-one keyboard synthesizers. Korg, in collaboration with ARP, introduced an official ARP Odyssey reissue in 2015, followed by the Korg ARP Odyssey FS in 2017.

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