[sdiy] Speculation on the idea of being on the Roland design team ca. 1992

Paul Burns (Fitvideo) paul at fitvideo.co.uk
Thu Jan 23 10:07:43 CET 2014

I know Manfred had his VL-1in 1994 , I helped him take it out the box, and
the Korg Prophecy was out in 95.

Cheers and regards


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[mailto:synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl] On Behalf Of Donald Tillman
Sent: 23 January 2014 08:50
To: Robin Whittle
Cc: synthdiy diy
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Speculation on the idea of being on the Roland design
team ca. 1992

On Jan 22, 2014, at 8:27 PM, Robin Whittle <rw at firstpr.com.au> wrote:

> Around that time there was an exotic single-voice Yamaha keyboard with 
> physical modelling of a flute - the VL1.

I claim that the 1997 album by my progressive rock band Tesseract was the
first to feature a physical modeling synthesizer.  Julius Smith of
Stanford's CCRMA was in the band, playing guitar and Yamaha VL1.  The Yamaha
VL1 design was based on his papers, so he had one of the early units.  And
we put it to use.

Here's the last song on the album, a piece I wrote called "Vantage Point

    Tesseract, Vantage Point Instrumental

The sax, the flute, the crazy feedback noises, and the trumpet are all
Julius on the Yamaha VL1.  The violin, guitar, bass and drums are, uh,

Check out the high note at 6:25; it starts as a vibrato, increases, becomes
a trill, than slides.  That's pretty cool.  You can almost hear the virtual
spit flying.

I think the virtual trumpet solo at the end is wonderful.  Julius came up
with that at a rehearsal that I happened to record, and I remember handing
him a copy and saying, "Dude, this is perfect."

I'm playing 12-string guitar, and the occasional MemoryMoog swoosh.

  -- Don

Don Tillman
Palo Alto, California
don at till.com

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