Professional Recordings of Siel Orchestra and/or ARP Quartet

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Professional Recordings of Siel Orchestra and/or ARP Quartet

Postby MrFrodo » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:31 pm

Hi people,

I could use a bit of help. I'd like to know if there are any professional- or popular-level recordings that include the use of either the Siel Orchestra or the ARP Quartet. (They're essentially the same synth.) The only music I know I've heard either of them on is the music of Keane. Where else should I listen for the Orchestra or Quartet?
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Postby gfriden » Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:31 pm

Well, the reviews on this site say 808 State and Massive Attack. I seem to recall someone once told me that the Cure used a Siel on Pornography. Indeed post-punk would be a good place to look for potential Siel recordings. Not 100% sure though. Micke would probably know...
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Postby Micke » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:25 pm

Besides the bands mentioned by gfriden above, the only other (post-punk) band I know of using the Arp Quartet was Teardrop Explodes.
I'm not aware of that The Cure would've used one though.

The following live footage from 1981 shows their keyboardist (David Balfe?) with an Arp Quartet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aZwlQ7tGNU


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Teardrop Explodes live in concert, January 1980. The Arp Quartet can be seen on the left.

Regarding David Balfe, I read he played on and produced some early Echo & the Bunnyman albums so maybe he used the Quartet on some of that stuff too!?
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Postby Micke » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:57 pm

By the way guys, I just noticed there were two slightly different versions of the Arp Quartet. I wasn't aware of this until now when I went through all the pics I have of this model.

The first one looks like this (presumably the original version):

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This appears to be the most common version of the Quartet, it's the one pictured in the original Arp adverts from 1980.


The back panel has the following text silk-screened on it:

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The other version of the Quartet looks like this (this is the one seen in the video above):

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Unlike the version pictured above, the back panel of this version does not say "Manufactured by Siel S.p.a. for Arp instruments". Hmm..I wonder
if....
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Postby alan partridge » Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:57 pm

quite a few siels on the old italian film soundtracks too..
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Postby JUGEL » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:11 pm

I love the sliders/levers on the Quartet ... make it great for brass stabs.
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