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FARFISA organ (1965-1972) – The ‘Farfisa’ is a two-manual organ console. In comparison to the more popular Hammond organ (see below), the Farfisa produces a more ‘classic’ organ sound. Wright included a Binson Echorec device for echo as part of his combo and managed to produce many unusual sounds out of it, by experimenting with the Echorec and the organ’s tone and pan settings. The Farfisa was Wright's main keyboard in the early years, when he was playing with Waters, Mason, Barrett, Klose et al. as Sigma 6, The (Screaming…, Architectural…, etc.) Abdabs, T-Set, the Pink Floyd Sound, etc. and was used almost exclusively up until The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn in 1967. Between 1967-72, the Farfisa organ played a crucial role in Floyd’s sound and was used for many of Rick’s leads, which he often panned around the auditorium using a special joystick (an ‘azimuth co-ordinator’ pot) stacked on top of the Echorec unit. Wright used the Farfisa for virtually every solo up until that point, e.g. “The Embryo”, “Fat Old Sun”, “Cymbaline”. He can be seen playing one in Live at Pompeii (1972) and in the studio it was last used for Dark Side (1973). On stage, Floyd kept touring with a Farfisa as part of their equipment while they were still performing live their pre-Dark Side set (e.g. “Careful with that axe, Eugene”, “Echoes” and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”). This organ’s sound has been strongly associated with certain tracks. In the last ever live performance of “Careful with that axe, Eugene” (in 5 May 1977) the absence of the Farfisa sound was clearly heard. Wright employed his Hammond (see below) and his array of MiniMoog synthesizers (see SYNTHESIZERS section) to play that rendition and the synth sound was somewhat alien to the piece. The organ in the intro of “Time” is the last time the Farfisa was featured in a Floyd recording.more
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