Roland MC-8 Micro-Composer

Vintage Roland MC-8 Sequencer Archive

Ralph Dyck’s “Modern Zodiac,” 1973 & 2009

Ralph sent along a couple of mp3s of a piece of music called “Modern Zodiac” which he wrote for a show at the MacMillan Planetarium in 1973. The first is the original version, featuring Ralph’s home-brew modular synth, sequenced on his Digital Sequencer V1:

In Nov. 2009, he rigged up his old modular to a modern computer running Cubase via a MIDI-CV interface to record a new version of “Modern Zodiac:”

He also sent along the original score:

Note that in the original recording, Ralph extended the piece by programming the score in reverse in the middle, and then reprising the forward version at the end. The 2009 version omits the reversed part and the reprise.

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February 1, 2010 - Posted by | Music

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