Robs Stylophonogram

The instrument featured David Bowie’s "Space Oddity"...

The story

All funked up – this instrument was created using the iconic (very annoying) sound of “The Original Pocket Synthesizer – The STYLOPHONE”. The monophonic Stylophone was invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis of Dubreq Studios, London. There are lots of tags in Wikipedia that can fill you in on all of the different stories about the Stylophone but perhaps the most famous song that featured the instrument was David Bowie’s “SPACE ODDITY”. I got my 50th Anniversary Edition Stylophone to play that very song in a performance of my show “WORLD ROCK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA”.

My ”Stylophonogram” is an updated child of that original sound – I sampled the A2 tone using my Zoom H2 mic and recorded the tone in LOGIC PRO X. I then pimped it out with 3 stock pedals located in the Logic Pro X Pedalboard – Flange Factory, Roto Phase and Phase Tripper (photo attached showing settings) which gave me this great stereophonic sound. The instrument can be played with abrupt attack and release like a Clavinet or used as a sustain pad or if you go to the bottom of the keyboard, it can be a very cool “atmospheric”. FYI – The samples are 4 measures long at 120 bpm.

I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed making it!


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