Arp. It’s a funny wee word that sounds a bit like a body noise. And it’s our synth of the week here at Round And Round.
First up we have Alps man Alexis Georgopoulos, who likes the sound so much he named his solo project after it. ‘The Soft Wave’ is his second outing as Arp and features a cloud bursting array of vintage gear, including the Moog Voyager, Juno 107 and a Space Echo Tape Delay. Equal parts melancholic and soaring, it reminds us a lot of our favourite Cluster moments with hints of pastoral Floyd amidst the machines.
Next up is Wolfgang Riechmann, who once played with the likes of Michael Rother of Neu! and Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür in his old outfit Spirits of Sound. And he loves his Arp! He uses an Arp 2600, Arp Odyssey and an Arp Sequencer on this, his one and only album from 1978. He was stabbed to death just before his début was released on the Sky label. Probably by some cloth eared fool who doesn’t like Arps. Still, now he’s in heaven, he can play his Arp all he wants… (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)
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