> In the case of 'Pastime Paradise', a Yamaha GX1 served as the starting point. A huge and powerful polyphonic analogue synthesizer, with chrome pedestals and a curved metallic body, the GX1 — introduced in 1973 as a forerunner to the CS80 — housed three keyboards, a pedal-board, a ribbon controller that produced modulation changes, two swell pedals and a spring-loaded knee controller, along with a variety of buttons and switches to program, store and recall sounds. The top three-quarter-scale, three-octave, 37-note keyboard had half-size keys and offered unprecedented touch control; the other two five-octave, 61-note standard-size keyboards were equally functional, with horizontal position control enabling the player to achieve effects such as vibrato by moving the keys side-to-side.more
"There had been the Yamaha GX1 before that, which Emmo and Stevie Wonder had got, which was supposed to be worth over twice that, but I don't know if they ever paid for them or whether they got them on some sort of endorsement deal. It was funny, when we were in Japan a few years ago - we saw quite a few of them stuck in resorts and hotels and places like that."more
One of the last GX-1s manufactured was the one acquired by Benny Andersson in early 1979. This particular instrument was from then on used on many of the songs that were recorded by ABBA during 1979-1982, on the album musical “Chess” from 1983-1984 as well as on numerous other recordings from that era. It has also toured the world with ABBA in 1979 as well as being used on the concert version of “Chess” in 1984.more
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