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WELCOME!

Welcome to Raiders of the Lost Arp! An audio home for the sounds of the Arp Synthesizer!

From David's personal vault of Arp history. Experience never-before-heard recordings from the famous Arp NAMM Jam's, never-released Arp demo recordings from Dave Fredericks, Mike Brigida, and Tom Piggot, and music from the famous Arp demo records (Red, Blue, White, and Maroon) performed by Dave Fredericks!

Hear the sounds of synthesizer history - Arp 2600, Odyssey, Soloist, Pro Soloist, String Ensemble, Axxe, and Little Brother!

This historical repository brings the sound of Arp synthesizers back to life for a new generation of synthesizer enthusiasts to enjoy and learn from. We hope you enjoy this music from a bygone era!

IMPORTANT NOTE: FOR HISTORICAL AND SCHOLARSHIP REFERENCE USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. Music content is updated periodically.

Raiders of the Lost Arp
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 RECORDING NOTES

DEMO RECORDS

(Arp artists listed in the playlist)

Recorded between 1970 through 1976

David Fredericks Arp Synthesizers, Organ, and Grand Piano (Red, Blue, White, Maroon, records and more)

Mike Brigida - Arp Synthesizers

Tom Piggott - Arp Synthesizers

Cleve Posar - Drums

ARP NAMM JAM LIVE 1975

MUSICIANS

David Fredericks (Sr.) VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing - ARP Instruments, Inc

Mike Brigida - International Product Specialist

Tom Piggott - Product & ARP Education Specialist

Cleve Posar - Drummer

To see the NAMM Oral History of the NAMM JAM CLICK HERE

SYNTHESIZERS USED (18 Synthesizers!)

ARP 2600

ARP Pro Soloist

ARP Odyssey

ARP Axxe

ARP String Ensemble

 

RECORDED LIVE AT THE

1975 ARP NAMM SHOW - Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL 

PRODUCED, RESTORED AND REMASTERED BY

David Frederick - df|Music Group

NOTES FROM DAVID FREDERICK Sr. REGARDING THIS RECORDING AND PERFORMANCE

"I had the idea to put together a few ARP musicians and do a musical presentation of ARP synthesizers to show the music industry and the world that synthesizers were not just for the recording studio or colleges, but can be used as a real musical instrument that could be played live. More importantly, show that synthesizers can be used for more than just lead or strange sounds. 

It was quite a musical performance and technological feat considering that at that time, synthesizers could only play one note (monophonic) at a time so we had to arrange our keyboards so that we could use one finger on one keyboard and the other finger on another keyboard just below the top keyboard. Using two hands for each of us was quite a challenge. Mike Brigida used his welding skills to make custom synthesizer racks to accomplish this feat.

 

I used two Pro Soloists, one 2600, 2 Odyssey's, an Axxe, and the String Ensemble. Mike Brigida used 2 Pro Soloists, Axxe, 2 Odyssey's, 1 2600, String Ensemble, and a Phaser effect foot pedal. Tom Piggott used a 2600, Axxe, Odyssey, and String Ensemble running through an Axxe and  Phaser foot pedal.

 

All in all, we had a total of 18 Synthesizers! As you can probably imagine, setting all the synths up, making sure everyone was in tune, dialing up patches on the fly and playing harmonies and chords using multiple monophonic synthesizers in a live performance were challenging to say the least. It was a musical feat that brought the house down and blew everyone away. It was the first time the world got to hear synthesizers played LIVE as musical instruments and not experimental noisemakers!

I hope you enjoy this recording as it is one of a kind! Truly history was made that night."

- David Frederick, Sr. (Dave Fredericks)

SONG PERFORMANCE NOTES

  • LOVE THEME

  • DF - 2600 Strings Melody & Harmonies, and Pro Soloist Flute

  • MB - 2600 & String Ensemble Harmony, Chords & Accompaniment, Pro Solist Flute Double

  • TP - Odyssey Bass, 2600 Guitar, and String Ensemble Chords & Accompaniment

  • CP - Drums

  • MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW

  • DF - Pro Soloist - Trumpet & Trombone lead, 2600 Brass

  • MB - Pro Soloist Clarinet and harmony, & String Ensemble Chords & Accompaniment

  • TP - Odyssey Bass, 2600 Brass, String Ensemble Chords & Accompaniment

  • CP - Drums

  • OPENING & TOMMY

  • DF - 2600 Brass, Odyssey Rocket Ship, and Pro Soloist Brass

  • MB - 2600 S&H, 2600 Brass, & String Ensemble Chords & Accompaniment

  • TP - Odyssey Bass, 2600 Brass, String Ensemble Chords & Accompaniment

  • CP - Drums

  • ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL

  • DF -  Odyssey Fiddle, 2600 Banjo Counterpoint & Pro Soloist Banjo

  • MB - 2600 & Odyssey Spike Jones Effects, & String Ensemble Chords & Accompaniment

  • TP - Odyssey Bass

  • CP - Drums

  • TIJUANA BRASS

  • DF -  Pro Soloist Lead Horns/Trumpets, 2600 Brass Counterpoint & Chords

  • MB - 2600 Brass, Pro Soloist Brass & String Ensemble Chords & Accompaniment

  • TP - Odyssey Bass & 2600 Chords

  • CP - Drums

  • SEAPLANE TRIP

  • DF -  2600 

IMPORTANT NOTE: FOR HISTORICAL AND SCHOLARSHIP REFERENCE USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE.

 

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