Stardust Otamatones

Demoscene vs strange Japanese music toy, courtesy of m0d. Can’t listen to this without grinning like a mad fool

October 4th 2013 by @gasmanic on Twitter

This is a cover of Stardust Memories by Volker Tripp aka Jester of the demo group Sanity. The lead melody has been muted and instead performed by a swathe of ludicrous Otamatones, behold the Otamatone orchestra!

Originally released into the wild circa 2011.

Studio Notes

The original music is by Jester/Sanity, from the World of Commodore ’92 Amiga demo. The track is titled Stardust Memories and is one of my all-time favourite Amiga music modules.

The Otamatone is a quirky Japanese toy that resembles a quaver-note in musical notation with the neck of its body being a touch sensitive strip that controls the audio pitch of the basic tone generator contained in the base, or the mouth as is the case of the Otamatone design.

Using my Zoom H4N as the recording device for approximately 60 individual takes. These were then layered to make the song’s main melody line. The only issue with Stardust Memories (video) is the huge intro lead in, but not to worry, the surprise will be worth it. However, the audio track has the intro clipped.

Equipment used:

  • Commodore Amiga 1200
  • Protracker with the instrument for the main melody deleted
  • Zoom H4N Audio Recorder
  • One Otamatone (black).
  • Performed By: Redheat, Music by Volker Tripp aka Jester.
  • Album UPC: n/a
  • Label: Redheat
  • Released: 2011
  • ISRC: n/a
  • Year: 2011
  • Genres: Dance, Electronic