The Solton Ketron Programmer 24 is a 1985 sample-based synthesizer described as "The Italo Disco machine". They used to be on eBay, but good luck finding one nowawadays for much less than $2,000.
Hungry Like The Wolf is Duran Duran's breakthrough hit, which reached #3 in the US in 1982.
The above video is a remix of Hungry Like The Wolf performed on a Solton Ketron Programmer 24. Jump to 3:20 if you don't want to watch it being programmed.
Following is some more Programmer 24 action and a link to its dry, ripped samples. Musicians in the audience will purchase this sample pack and further reimagine the 1980s as if Giorgio Moroder was personally responsible for all of it.
Enjoy disco diva Donna Summer’s incredible isolated vocal track from “Bad Girls” (1979). Toot toot, beep BEEP. The song is about sex work and the police. From Gavin Edwards’ book “Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?”: “I was in my office in the old Casablanca [records] building,” Summer told me. “I was the only […]
In 1978, Japanese electronic music maestro Osamu Shoji (1932-2018) released this killer analog synth reimagining of the Star Wars soundtrack. I find Shoji’s take on the familiar themes to be far groovier than the disco exploitation of Meco’s US chart-topping “Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk” released the previous year.
Love was so much easier in the 80s. KC and The Sunshine Band will always and forever be a favorite.
“The whole point of a programming language is to get the most out of the computer and the developer…This is why I like Python so much…few Python developers write code that is difficult to pass on to another developer.” With so much in tech so inherently complicated, that comment from Thomas Hatch, CTO and co-founder […]
In baseball, utility players often stay employed almost exclusively because of their versatility, their ability to slide effortlessly into a variety of needed roles and remain productive. Your current tech setup doesn’t need to work any differently — except that tech items are usually created to fulfill just one purpose. But if you want a […]
While all the downsides of stay-at-home orders and social distancing are evident, there are at least a few small silver linings to come out of all this. For many, this time spent indoors has meant a happy reintroduction to your very own kitchen. You know your kitchen. It’s usually the place that holds all your […]