2003   JANUARY 30   #030

Aphex Systems - Trouble At Madame Dongs

Product spot for the Aphex Type-C Aural Exciter. Not much information is known on this and the recording is very scratchy, but it's far out man!

- Otis Fodder

TT-7:03 / 6.46MB / 128kbps 44.1khz

glacial23 writes:
"Trouble at Madame Dong's" was the B-side to a Keyboard Magazine SoundPage. In the mid-80's Keyboard included a flexidisc of either an artist featured that month or some sort of reader submission.

Glen Banks writes:
The Aphex Aural Exciter- we used to sell these at the music store where I worked (back in the day). It was an audio component, rack mounted - sort of looked like receiver. When any sound is generated, you get the basic sound plus the harmonics and overtones. The Aural Exciter could take any sound (or instrument) run through it, and change the EQ by emphasizing ONLY the harmonics and overtones but not any of the original sound. It had an odd way of 'opening up' things and making them sound more airy and spacious. Klaatu is the only group I know of that credited the Aphex on the label of one of their singles. Didn't know there were demo records. Thanks for putting it on. ALSO- now that I think about it, we also sold the Gizmotron created by Godley and Creme of 10cc. This device was clamped down over the strings of your guitar, and music could be generated by means of 'bowing' the strings by pressing down buttons connected to rotating rubber wheels. This was responsible for the 10cc/Godley&Creme signature sound. When the Gizmotron was marketed, a demo record was pressed up. I still have THAT one. Thanks for listening and thanks for the Aphex Demo!

Henry writes:
Just wanted to point out that the band in the Aphex Aural Exciter entry ("Francis X and the Bushmen) were obviously a reference to silent-film star Francis X. Bushman, who had a long long career in the movie industry. For fans of Mystery Science Theater, he played the elderly leader of the residents of the phantom planet in the movie called, well, "The Phantom Planet".