Here are some of the instruments used in the making of The Dream of 'I'. Click on an instrument for sound samples and commentary from Doug...
Two lines recorded separately, doubling string quartet. I was surprised at how much of the sound comes from this instrument as opposed to the real strings.
I was surprised to learn recently that musicians as old as 35 don’t know what a Clavinet, that staple of 70's funk, is. It’s a bit like an electric harpsichord, with guitar pickups.
Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” might be the best known example.from Artifacts and Fantasies: solo in context
Distorted, through a guitar amp.
Run through a guitar amp with distortion, tremolo on high.
The Minimoog was the surprise of the sessions for me. We did end up keeping some of the synth bass tracks I’d done on the Virus (including one doubling the Moog here), but that Moog sound is inimitable.
There was something really fun about playing one of the spookier passages on the album on a toy piano.
Christoffer thought the track could use some “pokier” sounds and handed me a hammer. On the first pass I played a cymbal with my right hand and beat a wooden baffle with the hammer with my left hand. On a second take I took the hammer to a broken wooden chair Christoffer had tossed out the door a few days earlier.
After using the Minimoog at AGM, I was hooked. I bought my Voyager shortly after Bob Moog’s passing in August.from Agents of Change: solo in context
Two tracks of Voyager, different sounds, different performances, controlling the filter with the touchpad. Recorded at home (along with the vocals) 6 weeks after returning from Sweden, with this song incomplete.
Every time I used a sound like this, Christoffer labelled it “Tony Banks pad” (referring to Genesis’ keyboardist).
Possibly the best of the modern digital simulations of analog synths.from Talking Points: solo in context
I never got far into programming this beast, but it has a decent selection of sounds in ROM.from Agents of Change: solo in context