Sound Check Tour de Keytar with Pleasurecraft
posted by July 12 at 11:10 AMon
Dance has the Lord of Dance. Synthesizers have the Keytar.
Behold, the Keytar. The keyboard that is played like a guitar. The epic-niche collision that yields sexual nerditization.
Seattle synth band, Pleasurecraft, is here today to take us on a tour of the Keytar through some of the finest videos I have ever seen:
Hey Lineout! Let us say that in general, we believe the Keytar is kinda cool and ultimately lovable in its dorky way, simply because it’s a synthesizer. Campy, hilarious and fun? Yes. But if you’re going for legitimately Cool? No dice.
When we think about the synthesists we really respect out there (Nick Rhodes, Martin Gore, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk) you’re not gonna see them rockin’ the ‘tar. The Keytar is all about goofy fun. Yes, we are aware Daft Punk dresses up as robots.
We begin with the ultimate Keytar instructional kit. This unprecedented video by Les Rythmes Digital for “(Hey You) What’s That Sound” pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the Keytar. From how to play it, to what to wear while playing it, to how to shoot lasers out of it. It doesn’t get any better than this action right here. This is Keytar defined. Great song from a great album:
Next we go to Jan Hammer with the Miami Vice Theme. Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. First, Hammer plays a Fairlight – the first real sampler ever (they cost about 20,000 buck back then!) and about a minute and a half in he hits the Keytar. How about those drums Trent? Oh yeah…
Then it’s onto a live synth explosion. Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones (on Keytar), and Stevie Wonder. Four masters at play. So completely rad:
Look out, it’s the Keytar sword! Too dangerous to even play really:
You’ve probably seen this next one. For some reason, it kind of grosses us out a little. The Keytar humping Croation, Belinda Bedekovic rocks the shit out her Yamaha KX5. Complete with hanging grapes and smoke machine:
Well, hopefully we were able to shed some light on the power of the Keytar. As for Pleasurecraft, we intend to remain standing behind our synthesizers. Not playing them like guitars.
Also, it should be noted that there is a big difference between the very cool, finely crafted handheld analog instruments like the Roland SH-101, and the much less cool Keytar MIDI controllers. A very BIG difference. Many cool people have played the former and remained cool. But the Keytar controller is a whole different beast.