Oxygène and its sim­ple setup

Computer Music - - Interview -

“Of course, I’ve al­ways been very pleased with Oxygène and I’m proud of what it has achieved. I wanted to cre­ate real songs with ma­chines, and wanted those songs to ex­ist as a proper al­bum. This mu­sic was not a joke to me.

“I had no stu­dio. Just a spare room in my home that had been the kitchen. I took all the kitchen equip­ment out and in­stalled my mu­si­cal equip­ment… very min­i­mal. There was the VCS 3, the ARP 2600, the Em­i­nent 310, an RMI Har­monic synth, a Small Stone Elec­tro Har­monix gui­tar pedal, a Korg Mini Pops for the loop and my Revox which helped me cre­ate the de­lay. I have al­ways said that the big­gest trick on Oxygène is cre­at­ing a big de­lay on the right, a de­lay of the dry left sig­nal. That, for me, is what caused 50% of the al­bum’s suc­cess.

“Ah, there was one other in­stru­ment: a bro­ken old Mel­lotron. Only a few of the notes ac­tu­ally worked, so I had to choose my chords and melodies from the notes that were avail­able to me. Just be­cause you are lim­ited by notes, does not mean you have to be lim­ited mu­si­cally.”

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