Turned-On Tijuana; An
Analogue Synthesiser Ambisonic Surround-Sound Album
The Turned-On Tijuana concept
synergistic fusion of high grade traditional analogue synthesis,
audiophile quality Ambisonic surround-sound techniques and the latest
digital recording methods in a concentrated, strongly melodic, and
purely entertaining musical experience. Taking the very finest Tijuana
tunes from the 1960s and 70's, they are faithfully transcribed then
rendered into sound using genuine one-track-at-a-time multitrack
analogue synthesizer methods with the utmost care and attention to
detail. None of the complexity of melody, harmony, beat, or humour is
lost. Indeed it could be stated that the inner beauty of the songs is
revealed in an even sharper light than ever before possible, thanks to
modern solid-state technology and the synthesist's respect for the
idiom. All actual sound generation is created externally from any
digital computer system with a home-made modular synthesizer comprising
both traditional modules and some truly unique units. These include a
graphical arbitrary waveform generator, a hardware additive synthesis
Hammond emulator, authentic tape-based "Itchycoo" flanger and
triple-tank spring reverberation. Vintage Audio and Design Ambisonic
mastering equipment is used for soundfield placement and real time
movement of individual tracks, while a novel oscillator based panning
system is used to spin sounds around the listener at any variable speed
or under manual joystick control.
While a commercial Ambisonic
available from the Soundfield company, a home-made economy version was
used for this collection of tracks, in keeping with the idiosyncratic
low-budget, high-value style. This tetrahedral array of four
directional microphones is used to capture live sounds on location, and
performances in the environment external to the studio which form a key
aspect of the Turned-On paradigm. This serves to transport the listener
out of the limited space of purely electronic synthesis and into a
strange and unusual nether region of startlingly accurate recorded
sounds combined with the finest ambient electronica.
So dance to the beat of the Ambisonic
Synth, the all-new surround sound that is... Turned On Tijuana!
UHJ Encoded Ambisonic
Sometimes considered to be a
throwback to the
unfortunate quadraphonic era of the 1970s, Ambisonic surround sound is
fully compatible with conventional mono and stereo reproduction on
loudspeakers or headphones and demonstrates a remarkable compatibility
with Dolby Stereo decoders. In common with Dolby Stereo the system
encodes full horizontal surround sound into any conventional stereo
delivery medium, be that Compact Disc, AAC, MP3, WAV file, SACD or even
FM stereo and the lowly compact cassette. While true Ambisonic decoder
systems are rare, Dolby Stereo is now commonplace in the home, and the
B-format Ambisonic mastering method enables highly musical surround
placements to be generated with minimum complexity and an unparalleled
independence from individual speaker placement restrictions.
Tijuana Taxi, Featuring the 1992 Peugeot 205XT
Spanish Flea, featuring a concrete fire escape
Casino Royale, featuring a Vodka Martini, shaken not spilt.
South Of The Border, featuring the lower bong of a Friedland chime in
lieu of a tubular bell.
The underlined tracks are
links to mp3 files
which you can listen to, but note that they have been doctored to avoid
copying. The CD version is un-doctored and also uncompressed of course.
For the techies, the data
section of the CD-R
contains B-Format .wxyz wav files of the tunes for those with special
Ambisonic decoding equipment. There are also about thirty pictures of
the analogue synth equipment, soundfield microphone etc.
©Henry J. Walmsley 2006 produced under MCPS license.