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Thierry Lebon put together this detailed, multi-part analysis of Jean Michel Jarre’s classic Oxygene 2, recreating it with inexpensive software and minimal gear:

Here I will show you that you can break that song down into its instrument tracks , and perform an acoustic analysis of each and every sound.

I will show you that it is possible to reproduce that with a cheap minimal equipment, just by ear and instinct, with no scores, no MIDI file, no computer. All is hand played except for rythmics part … this is real music recorded with my “old school” method !

In this first part, I try to reproduce the rythm played in the original JMJ’s Oxygene, with the Korg MiniPops 7 ; here, I used a standalone free application called Rythmus by ElektroStudio. In that software, you can adjust the volume of each sounds, the pan, the tune, the volume and the global tempo ; 2 presets are used simultaneously : Beguin and Slow Rock for Oxygene 2.

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Dude’s FSR (Force Sensing Resistor) is a $100 module that can be used to add a pressure-sensitive control wherever you need it.

Here’s what Dude has to say about the FSR:

this device is a passive unit standalone force sensing resistor box with 1/4? or 3.5mm jack connectors. it requires no power of any kind. it makes no sound or signal whatsoever unto itself. it has been tested to pass voltages between -5 to +10 volts, but will likely pass wider ranging signals with no problem.

the pads (which are the actual resistors themselves), when untouched, inherently stop almost all signals (that we will deal with). there is a very small amount of signal bleed which can be heard/witnessed if the incoming signal is hot and the output monitored at a high volume level. this bleed is natural. these devices are not meant for deeply precise processing. they are meant for fun interactive play-time.

Above, the FSR demonstrated with a variety of Moog MoogerFoogers.  Read more…