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.
Love was so much easier in the 80s. KC and The Sunshine Band will always and forever be a favorite.
In 1979, jazz flautist Herbie Mann’s album Yellow Fever featured this disco cover of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” As Lou once advised, “Pervert your sense of decorum.” (via Weird Universe)
Note the early tastes of breakdancing, here and there. The exaggerated fraternity of nations is nice, too! The event took place at the Empire Ballroom in London; the winner was Julie Brown . This appears to be the UK TV broadcast of the same highlights, with the original audio:
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If there’s one thing that stayed consistent through the last decade or so of tech industry turmoil, it’s the love affair between techies and Linux. There’s just a ton you can do with the OS, and its open-source format means you can customize your rig from the ground up. Apparently not content with that level […]
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