The ARP Odyssey was an analog synthesizer originally produced in 1972 by the American manufacturer ARP Instruments, Inc. that quickly garnered a faithful following among musicians. Well respected for its high value, ease to play and portability, the ARP Odyssey had undergone several improvements during its history and continued to be a long-seller until manufacturing stopped in 1981 due to economic hardships and the digital surge. Loved by a wide range of musicians as a historical classic, its sound can be heard on numerous classic songs.
Now in 2015, KORG has brought back the ARP Odyssey for today. With the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, KORG has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. Together the engineers at KORG and Arp were able to nailthe sound and feel of the original. Every detail has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case.
The legendary ARP sound is loved to this day. Long stopped, the wheels of history have again begun to move.
Gear manufacturer Behringer has hinted that it’s making a clone of the ARP Odyssey, the synthesizer that helped define ’80s electronic pop.
“How would you feel if we build an authentic ARP Odyssey synthesizer, but with a unique 3-mode VCF circuitry (that replicates all MK I to III versions) plus full Midi/USB implementation?” the company wrote on Facebook alongside a mock-up image (above).
Priced around $500, Behringer’s clone would compete with Korg’s reproduction of the ARP Odyssey, announced in February 2014. Behringer announced its plans to launch a synthesizer line just a month ago.
The original ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 and came to define a certain crossover style incorporating electronic pop, jazz and progressive rock. John Foxx used the ARP Odyssey on his genre-busting Metamatic album, Jean Michel Jarre used one on Oxygene, and Gary Numan kept one around until at least 1985, even though production ceased in 1981.
Every man (and hopefully woman) (especially Heineken drinkers) has a unique talent. An ability that makes them unique and “legendary”.
Heineken set out to prove the point, in spectacular (even Epic) style..
Starting with open auditions across several capitals including Paris, New York, London and Amsterdam which turned up Ultimate Limbo, Expert Diving, Perfect Conga, and 17 others.. proving that every man (what happened to the women?) has the ability to become legendary.
Check out the stories behind each of the “talents” here: The Odyssey Interactive Film
You can view all the Heineken Odyssey videos on the Heineken YouTube Channel
Basically, each “non-actor” plays the same character, but with a different “special talent”.. all the different versions of the character appear to have (fake) beards.. hmm, maybe that’s why it’s just the men, then?
Heineken basically gave twenty young men the chance to showcase their unique, legendary talents:
Heineken has also launched the “Take The Stage” campaign which is intended to provide unique platforms to showcase these unique, legendary abilities: how about:
on the set of a new Bond film
onstage at a major music festival
at the U.S. Open. Centre Court, of course!
Adult consumers 21 and older can enter a sweepstakes for the chance to showcase their legendary side..
New on Melodic records this month we would highly recommend the cosmic disco odyssey long player by veteran French composer and synthesist, Georges Vert. Compiled and produced with the help of this parish’s very own Jon Brooks and first re-issued digitally on his own Café Kaput label last year, this time round it gets a vinyl release (with free download codes included). Limited to 300 copies, its availablehere.
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