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    Posted: January 08 2019 at 16:17
It was reported today that Alan R. Pearlman, who founded the ARP Instruments company and helped popularize synthesizers in the '70s, died on Jan. 6.  He was 93.
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Notable clients:
Tony Banks of Genesis
Chick Corea
Herbie Hancock
Brian Eno
Pete Townshend
Joe Zawinul of Weather Report
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2019 at 16:37
Big name in prog/fusion, the 'ARP' was a welcome addition to the instruments listed on an album.

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Shouldn't this be in the RIP thread?

Anyway, RIP.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2019 at 19:10
RIP. ARP was as much a force as Moog. 

Your Honor, I present Exhibit A: Cosmic Furnace (1973), which features the use of multiple Odysseys, 2500 & 2600 units, and the Soloist ó plus electric and acoustic pianos, and a clavichord ó and no Moog equipment whatsoever.

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^ Wow I can see why that puppy didn't sell.  Challenging even for '73.

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Cry Thanks, I hadn't heard!  Back in the day, there was quite a competition between the Moog and ARP synth platforms....I noodled around a bit on both, they were lots of fun.  
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Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

^ Wow I can see why that puppy didn't sell.  Challenging even for '73.


Who says it didn't sell?
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What would Funural For a Friend sound like if not for the ARP-synth, limp.
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

^ Wow I can see why that puppy didn't sell.  Challenging even for '73.
Who says it didn't sell?

Who says Roger Powell's Cosmic Furnace didn't sell?  LOL  

I do.   


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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

^ Wow I can see why that puppy didn't sell.† Challenging even for '73.



Who says it didn't sell?
Rog switched to Moog afterwards........
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RIP, always underrated compared to Dr. Bob Moog, ARP gave them some serious competition. What would Genesis sound be like if it was not for the Pro-Soloist, 2600, Quadra and other APR stuff...
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Originally posted by dwill123 dwill123 wrote:

It was reported today that Alan R. Pearlman, who founded the ARP Instruments company and helped popularize synthesizers in the '70s, died on Jan. 6.  He was 93.
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Notable clients:
Tony Banks of Genesis
Chick Corea
Herbie Hancock
Brian Eno
Pete Townshend
Joe Zawinul of Weather Report
and many more
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R.I.P.

I would think that Klaus Schulze would be one of the first mentioned. He had several ARP units with him for a long time. AND .... HE DID NOT PLAY THEM JUST FOR A SOLO EITHER!


Edited by moshkito - January 09 2019 at 06:15
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Sad news. May he rest in peace.
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I saw Joe Zaiwanul of Weather Report in concert (Heavy Weather tour, with Jaco!), and he was surrounded by ARP 2600 units.  Lovely show, amazing sound.  RIP Joe.

 
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Originally posted by Gerinski Gerinski wrote:

RIP, always underrated compared to Dr. Bob Moog, ARP gave them some serious competition. What would Genesis sound be like if it was not for the Pro-Soloist, 2600, Quadra and other APR stuff...

This ^

Without the Pro-Soloist, Tony's big solo's on The Cage, The Colony of Slippermen, Riding the Scree, Cinema Show, etc would have been very different.  The Pro-Soloist's huge innovation over the MiniMoog was pressure sensitive aftertouch allowing Tony to play solo's (The Cage & Slippermen used the preset called "Wire Guitar") and expressively add vibrato with one hand (the aftertouch took the place of the Moog mod wheel) while playing the backup organ parts with the other.  A few years ago I learned how to play the Cage solo with my right hand and the accompanying organ chords with my left...I gained a huge respect for just how difficult Tony's parts often were.

ARP's big downfall began in 1977 throwing all their eggs into the basket of developing the Avatar guitar synth when the technology was still at least a decade or 2 away Ouch

Anyway, RIP for one of the early synth innovators who's instruments were such a huge part of the development of prog.


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Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

^ Wow I can see why that puppy didn't sell.  Challenging even for '73.
Who says it didn't sell?

Who says Roger Powell's Cosmic Furnace didn't sell?  LOL  

I do.   



Well, you would be wrong. You have a copy don't you?LOL
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^ No but the CD is running about $100 on Amazon !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 09 2019 at 14:50
A bit on the Avatar guitar synth....I remember reading about them in Guitar Player magazine, and may have seen one in a record store, but that is about it.  Sadly, it sank the company. 


Check out Joe Zaiwanul in concert, surrounded by ARP equipment!  Spoiler alert: Jaco sighting!!  




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Man, you got to see Weather Report...I'm turning green.
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Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

^ No but the CD is running about $100 on Amazon !
I paid 15 bucks for an LP copy signed by Roger himself. Iím not convinced itís rare.
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