Website Update 16/1/2009

Posted by: PASSINGSTRANGER

Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sun, 18 Jan 2009 23:39:00

Hi All!
As if you didn't already know, Bill has updated his website, includes interview regarding Return To Eden.
http://www.billycurrie.com/news.html
Bests,
Rob.
Posted by: maryann

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Mon, 19 Jan 2009 01:16:00

Great stuff, Billy!
Posted by: Maniac Cop

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Mon, 19 Jan 2009 18:22:00

Interesting Interview. And Billy played some small bits of Astradyne and Vienna! Man, can't wait 'til April...
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Mon, 19 Jan 2009 22:13:00

Listened to this interview via another thread. Great interview & brilliant interviewer in Richard Allinson. He's been a fave of mine for a while. Great to hear Astradyne. Excellent job all round. smile
Posted by: alles klar

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sat, 24 Jan 2009 06:52:00

OK, dumb question for all you synth officonados (which I am not unfortunately) . . .

In the podcasts Billy refers to varous synths he used with Numan and Ultravox, but there was no mention of a Moog / Mini Moog. My question is why not - is it because the functionality of the Moog / Mini Moog was replicated etc through one of the other synths, was it an omission by Billy or is there another reason???? confused2 confused2

Thomas
Posted by: Lieutenant030

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Tue, 27 Jan 2009 06:27:00

Just listened to that podcast. Fantastic snippet of Astradyne on the Yamaha CP 300. Roll on that Friday night in Edinburgh woohoo
Posted by: Nemesis Kane

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:59:00

Quote:
Originally posted by alles klar:
In the podcasts Billy refers to varous synths he used with Numan and Ultravox, but there was no mention of a Moog / Mini Moog. My question is why not - is it because the functionality of the Moog / Mini Moog was replicated etc through one of the other synths, was it an omission by Billy or is there another reason???? confused2 confused2
Not very stupid, no. But there's a very simple answer: Billy didn't use a Minimoog (preferring the ARP Odyssey) with Gary Numan. Or with Ultravox, for that matter.

Numan had at least two keyboardists on that particular tour, one being "Fade to Grey" co-author Chris Payne - who used two Minimoogs and a Polymoog, if I recall correctly.

In Ultravox, the only Minimoog in the group was primarily used by Chris, who might very well have been the owner of the Mini, something which would be the most likely reason for the omission - it simply wasn't Billy's synth.
Posted by: Sleepwalker

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Mon, 02 Feb 2009 20:48:00

I think it was Midge that introduced the Minimoog to the band when he joined in 1979, along with the Yamaha SS-30 String Machine smile
Posted by: alles klar

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Tue, 03 Feb 2009 05:51:00

Guys, thanks for the info - very informative and it begs other questions: I thought I had heard many years ago that those amazing synth solos on 'On Broadway' and 'Passionate Reply' were Billy's work and Moog-related - obviously not (?). Soooo, if you could enlighten me on who played them and on what that would be great laugh

Cheers

Thomas
Posted by: Joby

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Tue, 03 Feb 2009 20:53:00

Quote:
Originally posted by alles klar:
I thought I had heard many years ago that those amazing synth solos on 'On Broadway' and 'Passionate Reply' were Billy's work and Moog-related - obviously not (?). Soooo, if you could enlighten me on who played them and on what that would be great
Billy did play both these solos, Thomas...but he used an ARP Odyssey (very much his signature keyboard) and not a Minimoog.
Posted by: Your Shadow

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Wed, 04 Feb 2009 02:38:00

Quote:
Originally posted by Joby:
]Billy did play both these solos, Thomas...but he used an ARP Odyssey (very much his signature keyboard) and not a Minimoog. [/QB]
Yes, Billy sure could get an emotional but also gutsy response from his ARP. Never has a synth sound moved me so much.
Posted by: piman

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Thu, 05 Feb 2009 10:50:00

Quote:
Originally posted by Your Shadow:
Quote:
Originally posted by Joby:
]Billy did play both these solos, Thomas...but he used an [b]ARP Odyssey (very much his signature keyboard) and not a Minimoog. [/b]
Yes, Billy sure could get an emotional but also gutsy response from his ARP. Never has a synth sound moved me so much. [/QB]
Yes agree. I recently listened to Magazine's Dave Formula's Arp synth solo (1st & 2nd album) and very impressed. Apart from Ultravox, Numan, Magazine, Foxx and Visage, is there any other band that has this kind of synth sound?
Posted by: piman

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Thu, 05 Feb 2009 16:03:00

Just browsing the web and found this.
Dave Formula has one ASB Prodyssey custom-made for Magazine reunion.

http://www.bytes2bits.co.uk/Broadwave/ASB_Controller.html

Will Billy get one???
Posted by: alles klar

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Mon, 09 Feb 2009 07:41:00

Guys, many thanks for clearing that up for me laugh

Thomas
Posted by: JesperDK

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Tue, 10 Feb 2009 01:42:00

Hi there!

Just some additional information
- Im sure Billy did play the Minimmoog
many times during recordings, but the only
time Ive read that on paper was in one of
the old EV-magazines, where Billy wrote that
he was the one who did the bass rhyhtm on
The Thin Wall - on the Minimoog! wink

Cool guy... cool

smile
Posted by: Broadwave

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sat, 14 Feb 2009 22:33:00

Quote:
Originally posted by piman:
Just browsing the web and found this.
Dave Formula has one ASB Prodyssey custom-made for Magazine reunion.

http://www.bytes2bits.co.uk/Broadwave/ASB_Controller.html

Will Billy get one???
I very much doubt it wink
Posted by: Broadwave

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:34:00

Having listened to Billy's interview, I'm concerned!

He states that he's not particularly nostalgic for older gear and that worries me that Ultravox won't be able to re-create the sound that I, personally, would like to hear.

When he swapped the Oddy for the Oscar, that searing, aggressive lead sound went down the pan (listen to some of the later live tracks), the Oscar just sounds like a buzzy mess.

Whereas, on the other hand, you get a chap like Dave Formula who has gone to the ends of the earth to faithfully re-create the sounds he used in Magazine, 30 years ago (even if he did have to borrow Chappie's SS-30) smile

I have no idea what to expect, I guess none of us do until the first gig...

X
Posted by: CONNY'S PIG

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sun, 22 Feb 2009 03:15:00

Good point that Andy. I for one am just glad the whole thing is going ahead in April. Obviously, and it goes without saying, that I hope they sound as big and powerful as they ever did. I hope it all comes together and they blow us all away. I'm sure their sound will be great and I hope the arrangement follows suit. I'm confident it will all come together just fine. The 1986 live arrangements are best forgotten unfortunately. Roll on April...let's av it!!! laugh wink
Posted by: Emulator

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Thu, 12 Mar 2009 04:48:00

Quote:
I think it was Midge that introduced the Minimoog to the band when he joined in 1979, along with the Yamaha SS-30 String Machine
Chris started using one in the latter Systems of Romance days. Check the Old Grey Whistle Test footage from 78 on Youtube. Strangely, even though Billy and Chris were in the usual stage positions then, Chris' Mini-moog is over beside Billy.

Billy's blinding solo on On Broadway is definitely his Odyssey.
Posted by: Sleepwalker

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Thu, 12 Mar 2009 22:39:00

I stand corrected Mr E-mu Systems! wink
It was the Yamaha CS-80, CS-40m, CS-50 that came along after Midge joined
Posted by: Cromlech

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Fri, 13 Mar 2009 04:40:00

...well just so long as Billy doesn't tool up with an M41A Pulse Rifle, it should be a great tour...

...apparently its 20mm grenade launcher is an absolute bugger to midi and slave....

viking
Posted by: Oesterreicher II

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sat, 14 Mar 2009 03:46:00

. . . but it does work astonishingly well against a brass section.
Posted by: Cromlech

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sat, 14 Mar 2009 04:11:00

2.

Chum...

Matey...

What f@%ing BRASS section!!!!!!??????

I've payed for the rights - twice I shall have thee know - to be rightfully and dutifully musically transported back to c. 1981 (or 82)...or thereabouts...

Not...and I want to make this absolutely clear to all and sundry in authority / power / the know / rubber hammocks (...OK: skip the last one...)...NOT nineteen eighty frakking six!!!!!!!

The first sign of anything remotely resembling a brass section...or any non-approved quartet of expected 'Vox musicians who might be happening to sport a moniker that rhymes with Cheggers and Blow and I will...beyond any shadow of a doubt...as allowed within the Bi-Latteral Index of Good and True Voxians (...or BIG-TV...as we are unwieldily known...)...go absolutely...100%... chicken killa!!!!

Brass, my recently sprouted daffodils??!!!

Where are we? Lichtenstein???

Do I look like I'm from Grimethorpe?

Ye Gods!!, That pink monstrosity!!!! What were they thinking??

Years of therapy....having to live in sheltered accommodation...refusing, as a working graphic designer, to go anywhere near an entire chunk of the printable spectrum...failed inter-species romantic relationships (..bloody scales or wool...always getting caught under my fingernails or matting my socks...)...and for what?

To try and bleach that 'Thing' from deep within my soul...

I'll tell you, if it wasn't for Tantric Dominoes, I'd probably not be as well balanced as I am...

confused2 twitch nervouslaugh

viking
Posted by: Llais

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sat, 14 Mar 2009 06:46:00

lmao lmao lmao roflmao
Posted by: Cromlech

Re: Website Update 16/1/2009 - Sat, 14 Mar 2009 15:55:00

My aplogies for my previous brass-related outburst.

It's now early morning on a Saturday.

The sun is out and I've had porridge.

All is right in the world...

viking