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#1 spectoremg

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:08 PM

The Pleasuredome album credits Mark O'toole from the band and Trevor Horn. There's some nice basslines on it and I know Trevor's no slouch with four strings.

Edited by spectoremg, 08 September 2017 - 06:09 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:25 PM

View Postspectoremg, on 08 September 2017 - 06:08 PM, said:

The Pleasuredome album credits Mark O'toole from the band and Trevor Horn. There's some nice basslines on it and I know Trevor's no slouch with four strings.

Or 5 for that matter.
Wasn't Normans bass sampled for "Relax" no idea but, O'toole was pretty handy when not drunk or otherwise engaged :)

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:25 PM

Norman Watt-Roy did a session for Trevor Horn where he laid down various tasty riffs that Horn sampled. Alot of these made it onto the classic FGTH hits.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:37 PM

If you don't know the story behind 'Relax' it's worth looking up, it has to be up there with the longest, most complex recordings ever made.

These days I suspect that Relax and possibly the whole album would be credited to 'Trevor Horn featuring Holly Johnson'.

Edit.

Nice clip about making Pleasuredome here.



Someone posted a much longer interview with Trevor Horn on here a while ago where he goes into a lot more detail, but I can't find that one.

Edited by Cato, 08 September 2017 - 08:21 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:16 PM

The engineer who's name I don't remember now, but he later became a part of the art of noise, gave a guest lecture at Goldsmiths last year. He spoke a lot about this,

They'd been trying for ages to get the tracks to work, they'd had all sorts of session guys in, but it just didn't feel right. Apparently he stayed over late in the studio, messing about with various samples in the Fairlight, and he got a sequence running. Trevor Horn came back and loved it, the two of them spent the night then just improving and building on it.

Basically it's all sequenced Fairlight.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:47 PM

I suspected it might be samples on a sequencer.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:12 PM

He may not have played on the records but O'Toole was no tool (see what I did there?). There's You Tube footage of him with FGTH on 'The Tube' doing a fine job on a Musicman Cutlass.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:10 PM

Yea, Mark was a good player no doubt, but i dont know anyone that could play Relax that tight.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 03:38 PM

View Postfunkgod, on 08 September 2017 - 09:10 PM, said:

Yea, Mark was a good player no doubt, but i dont know anyone that could play Relax that tight.
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Just watched that - apols in absentia to Mark - he is a good player.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

View Postcytania, on 08 September 2017 - 06:25 PM, said:

Norman Watt-Roy did a session for Trevor Horn where he laid down various tasty riffs that Horn sampled. Alot of these made it onto the classic FGTH hits.

Riffs?

I think you are seriously over-estimating what the Fairlight could do sampling-wise back in 1983/4 when FGTH's first album was recorded.

The individual notes might well have been NWR but the "performance", which is the important bit, will be whoever worked on the Page R for the bass part.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:52 PM

View PostBigRedX, on 11 September 2017 - 11:15 AM, said:

Riffs?

I think you are seriously over-estimating what the Fairlight could do sampling-wise back in 1983/4 when FGTH's first album was recorded.

The individual notes might well have been NWR but the "performance", which is the important bit, will be whoever worked on the Page R for the bass part.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:57 PM

And this is possibly how it sounded before they were grasped by the hand of Horn:


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