The electronic music found on the upbeat, abstract-oriented “Slide” is pure and definitely of analogue origin, featuring the usual gear-suspects like the massive Roland 100-M and Doepfler A-100 systems.
One should not be put off by the ghostly spheres of the experimental opening piece “The Probability of Doubt”, as what comes next is far more accessible and lighter. Moreover, the electrifying sonic outcome (centered round the French Connection keyboard) offers a feeling of harmony and space (e.g. “A Moment of Gliss”, “The Possibility of Existence”) on many spots besides a bit of industrial electro along being jolly tuneful as well at times (“Tourmaline”, “Yesterdays Memories”, “Troubadour”).
The French Connection keyboard is modern analogue version of the keyboard employed by the Ondes Martenot (invented in the 1920’s). This apparatus utilizes a wire and ring pulley system sitting in front of a keyboard via which the player can smoothly glide between notes and create natural vibrato. In Ian’s opinion, it breathes new life into playing a synthesizer and allows for an incredibly expressive performance, which proved overtly inspiring to play along and allowed to do things he’d never been able to do before. Its floating, elevating but sometimes also quite eerie/otherworldly sounds remind quite a bit of the treated sounds Robert Rich’s lap steel guitar.
“Slide” shines synth-tech though all its veins, not afraid of quite some uncommon, quirky and free style experiments into sound.
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