The Casio SK-1 should be used for more than Sampling your Dog

The 80s spawned an era of entry level, consumer synthesizers that could make ANYONE sound like Herbie Hancock!

While the pros were using the Yamaha DX7, Prophet 5 or Ensoniq Mirage, the department store crowd were enjoying cost effective PCM synths that had 50 instruments (which all sounded the same), drum beats (that looped after two measures) and automatic rhythm accompaniment (that was about as dynamic as a geriatric Oom-pah band.)

However, what if you wanted to record yourself saying “jammin’ on the one” and put it to music, but you weren’t as lucky as Theo Huxtable who got to visit Stevie Wonder?

Well, now you could do it home, with the awesome Casio SK-1.

Sadly, all this tool could think of doing was sampling his sad sack dog. Also, notice the disclaimer at the end. This keyboard, as I recall, was only 4 note polyphonic – meaning it can only have 4 keys depressed at one time. That pretend playing in the commercial was not possible on the SK-1.

Later, they made the SK-5, which allowed for more samples to be stored on the keyboards memory, as well as…a drum pad. I bought one for ten dollars off a friend of mine about a month after he got it.

His mother was not pleased.

Vangelis – Bacchanale

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

The moniker of musician/composer Vangelis, may not be a name you recognize but you have definitely heard his music and you have definitely enjoyed his work.

Among other (what are regarded to be all time classic) works he has done as a solo artist and within bands (such as Aphrodite’s child) you will note that he not only scored Chariots of Fire but also Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

Now here for your auditory pleasure one of my favorite Vangelis pieces – Bacchanale

bac·cha·nal [n. bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adj. bak-uh-nl]
noun
1. a follower of Bacchus.
2. a drunken reveler.
3. an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.