Some of you may know that one of my interests is building a playing a modular analog synthesizer. This is an “Old School” instrument where sounds are created by patching different modules together with patch cords. Well, more to it than that, but the idea is that it is a very hands on type of instrument.
An issue with this type of synthesizer is that if you like a sound, oh well, you will eventually have to tear it down. At that point it is gone. You can make a drawing of the patch, a quick schematic. A photo, well, that would be so complicated you will get nothing. Or you can learn the instrument well enough to be able to recreate it later. That’s my goal.
So I had this sound that I really liked. Kind of funky. An I was going to tear it down, but I decided to make a recording of it first. Since it had a funk-like sound, I decided to do one of the greatest funk songs of all times, Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”. Every sound on this recording is a variation of “the sound”, the one I liked.
I purposefully misinterpreted the name and so used photos from Colorado to go with it. Except for during the synth solo. As far as that solo goes, I will not apologize ;)
I may revisit this song again some day and do a better version. Yes, I like it, but there are issues. I like what I did with “The House of the Rising Sun” a few months ago better.
Did you like the music? I hope so :)