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Yanni (ok, ok, I know) Why 6 Tritons?


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Those 6 Tritons seem to be part of Yanni's standard live rig. I saw him recently. His band includes awesome musicians. Some of the newer material was actually quite good and had some improvisational aspects. The flute player and solo violinists alone are worth the price of admission. One of them is Karen Briggs, who has also worked with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Dave Grusin and Wynton Marsalis. She has amazing chops.

 

As for the stack of Tritons, if I recall he may have played one of them on one song. It seems they were there mainly for decoration - maybe just to reflect the flood lights at strategic times....

 

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I think he got that 'buy five and get one free' deal. Then again four or five of them might be hollowed out and just for looks. Maybe I should buy five more U20s off Ebay and hollow them out.

Or maybe a tower of MT32s!

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I agree Karen Briggs is fun to listen to. Ric Fierabracci plays with him and he's one heck of a bass player. The material ... well the material ... :rolleyes:

 

Yanni the clever businessman puts together product that makes me want to hurl. But Yanni the musician is clearly a fellow prog rock fan and has moments of musical aspiration.

 

If he had taken the other path, we may have never heard of him of course. To quote a chanteuse of the airwaves who has her own dichotomy, "Isn't it ironic?"

 

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I never understand it when musicians waste this much time and bandwith bashing other musicians.

 

Yanni(and Kenny G for that matter) never commited any crimes or raped any kids, at least none that I know of. Why spend so much useless energy criticizing these guys, when you all know that music has many forms and genres?

 

I don't really listen to either artist. If you don't like their shit........well you know. I'll bet the majority of you "Yanni and Kenny haters" probably prefer metal or rock etc, whatever !!!

 

I'll bet that if any of you made as much money as those guys, and had the opportunity to get as much ass, and lived as large and could call the shots and could have multiple houses and be internationally known, I'd bet you wouldn't say

poo.

 

So he's got (6) Tritons, so what?

 

What makes your biased-ass musical perspective so RIGHT ?

 

I don't give a shit about a pissing match. It's just that your comments are so tired and predictable.

 

"Come on let's bash that Yanni...Yeh......He sucks big time...Not one screaming guitar or Fender P-bass to be seen"

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Originally posted by Infusion:

I never understand it when musicians waste this much time and bandwith bashing other musicians.

 

Yanni(and Kenny G for that matter) never commited any crimes or raped any kids, at least none that I know of. Why spend so much useless energy criticizing these guys, when you all know that music has many forms and genres?

 

I don't really listen to either artist. If you don't like their shit........well you know. I'll bet the majority of you "Yanni and Kenny haters" probably prefer metal or rock etc, whatever !!!

 

I'll bet that if any of you made as much money as those guys, and had the opportunity to get as much ass, and lived as large and could call the shots and could have multiple houses and be internationally known, I'd bet you wouldn't say

poo.

 

So he's got (6) Tritons, so what?

 

What makes your biased-ass musical perspective so RIGHT ?

 

I don't give a shit about a pissing match. It's just that your comments are so tired and predictable.

 

"Come on let's bash that Yanni...Yeh......He sucks big time...Not one screaming guitar or Fender P-bass to be seen"

I'm the original poster and my question was sincere. I wanted to know what possible reason anyone (Yanni or whoever) would have six identical keyboards onstage and no other models.

 

So there :P

 

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Originally posted by Dan South:

Originally posted by Stephen LeBlanc:

he capped it off by saying what a beautiful keyboard the Roland Triton is. I kid you not.
:eek::eek:

 

what a terrible insult to the Roland Corporation :P

Ouch! How many good synths has ROLAND made? Like, one? (JP-8) Or two? (JP-8000) When I bought the Tritons, the sterile Rolands went into semi-retirement. Roland has air. Triton has BALLZ.
:rolleyes::rolleyes:
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Originally posted by Dan South:

Originally posted by Stephen LeBlanc:

he capped it off by saying what a beautiful keyboard the Roland Triton is. I kid you not.
:eek::eek:

 

what a terrible insult to the Roland Corporation :P

Ouch! How many good synths has ROLAND made? Like, one? (JP-8) Or two? (JP-8000) ....
Which puts them on the same level as Korg which only made two decent keyboards, Wavestation and Triton.

 

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Whether it's an insult to Roland or Korg is debatable. I think Roland has the better history if you are willing to back into the 70's. The Junos, the Jupiters, the SH's, the Modulars ... all of these were pretty much unmatched.

 

Gotta admit Korg hit a winning streak with the Trinity/Triton units. (And the Wavestation/M1 era as well.) Not my cup of tea but very competent products for what they do.

 

The question that was asked is relevant I think. Why 6 of 1 kind? Having actually heard a Yanni concert, I have to admit it's likely a visual thing.

 

But Keith Emerson's Modular was partly a visual thing. (the cathode ray tube and all) As was Rick Wakeman's cape. And Jerry Lee Lewis's foot piano work.

 

All pretty silly if you ask me. :D It's just entertainment. :P:D

 

We live in a post-modern age. Art aware of it's artifice. ;)

 

Jerry

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Originally posted by MoJazz:

Maybe you can ask the same about Derek Sherinian and his Nord keyboards. 2 Electro's and 2 Lead 3's. He must like the color scheme. :rolleyes:

Take a really good look at his setup...it's actually 2 Nord 3's, a single Electro, and a Triton wrapped in red duct tape.

 

The Triton strikes again.

"For instance" is not proof.

 

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Infusion, have you thought about switching to a decaffeinated coffee?

No guitarists were harmed during the making of this message.

 

In general, harmonic complexity is inversely proportional to the ratio between chording and non-chording instruments.

 

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Art has been aware of its artifice since at least ancient Greece and Egypt.

 

As I've stated in other threads, there is nothing inherently wrong with showmanship - see Les Paul's quip about people "hearing as much with eyes as with ears". While I do not consider myself a Yanni fan, there is a bit of hope in his story. Who am I to knock a guy who can make a living writing and playing music AND also employ a fairly large touring orchestra? As others here have noted, the line between what he does and what is considered 'prog' is occasionally difficult to discern.

 

Originally posted by Tusker:

We live in a post-modern age. Art aware of it's artifice. ;)

Jerry

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Originally posted by Botch.:

Mr. Horne hit the nail on the head. Six Tritons simply LOOKS better than two!

Nah, you know what's looking better?

- Access Virus KC

- Novation Supernova II

- Rhodes Chroma

- Roland Jupiter 8

- PPG (ehm, that blue monster)

- and a Trinity

I always likes Trinity's looks over Triton, the Matrix is still lingering on.

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I try to appreciate all types of music, and I usually succeed, but I think Yanni is among a small group of absolutely unredeemable acts. Sorry if that makes anybody angry, but I have my limits, and he's it.

 

As for having six of the same keyboard onstage, I think it makes perfect sense. Maybe he likes the layout, the keys, the controllers, etc. I'm guessing that some of the sounds come from the Tritons and some come from backstage racks. But if the guy likes to perform on a particular keyboard, what's the problem?

The Black Knight always triumphs!

 

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I remember seeing Yes back in '79 at the Long Beach Arena and Rick Wakeman had four Mini Moogs on stage. Now just what was that all about?
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[quoteI remember seeing Yes back in '79 at the Long Beach Arena and Rick Wakeman had four Mini Moogs on stage. Now just what was that all about?

 

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Now, that makes a little more sense. Minimoogs don't have presets, so you can't do a quick program change. If you need to change patch quickly-especially if one hand is tied up playing another keyboard-you can have another Minimoog preset to the desired patch. Also, you could play on two at a time and get more polyphony than the two (three?) voices that one will give you.

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The Minimoogs I can see. Trying to program specific settings for a song, with a couple of dozen knobs/switches on a dimly lit stage doesn't sound like a lot of fun. But the Triton is different. You can call up a patch in less time than it takes to move to a different keyboard.

 

He has six Tritons because he doesn't have to carry them. It's that simple. It's also doubtful that he paid for any of them. Yes, just like Emerson's Moog modular is for show, this I quess this looks cool.

 

I was around the Minneapolis scene in the late 70s. Yanni was with a local cover band (I think top 40) called Chameleon. I was playing as a lot and never did catch them, but I did hear about him.

 

Is he still married to Linda Evans? Keyboard players always have the prettiest wives. Look at Bill Joel. My wife is very beautful.

 

Busch.

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Billy Joel? He's divorced and reportedly depressed. I read that he was looking for an apartment in NYC; thought the Big Apple would be a nice place to meet women. I hope that he finds what he's looking for. He's a brilliant talent, and it would be a shame if he just moped around for the rest of his life.

 

How come there aren't any "young Billy Joels" in the music industry today? Pity.

The Black Knight always triumphs!

 

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Originally posted by Tusker:

he capped it off by saying what a beautiful keyboard the Roland Triton is. I kid you not.
Darn. There goes that Korg endorsement deal. :P:D

 

Jerry

And if he keeps covering Tritons up with tape, I doubt Derek Sherinian will get one either...! :confused:

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Yanni(and Kenny G for that matter) never commited any crimes or raped any kids, at least none that I know of. Why spend so much useless energy criticizing these guys, when you all know that music has many forms and genres?

 

I don't really listen to either artist. If you don't like their shit........well you know. I'll bet the majority of you "Yanni and Kenny haters" probably prefer metal or rock etc, whatever !!!

I've met plenty of horn players who had no use for rock that absolutely hated Kenny G, and they had much more specific reasons than "his hair's long" or "his music's wimpy". They mentioned his tiny tone and unimaginative soloing and bemoaned the fact that he became everybody's idea of what a sax player is while true innovators merit a blank look. Lots of people assume that because Kenny G doesn't play metal or hip-hop, his music is therefore more sophisticated. His music is in fact very basic, and is nothing more than your grandmother's easy listening music repackaged and remarketed. Pretty sounds for people unwilling or unable to be challenged.

I have no similar criticism of Yanni. His music doesn't move me, but he has interesting arrangements and is smart -and tasteful- enough to feature some deadly musicians as sidemen. You can rent "Live at the Acropolis" and see some killer performances.

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His music is in fact very basic, and is nothing more than your grandmother's easy listening music repackaged and remarketed. Pretty sounds for people unwilling or unable to be challenged.
A very funny commentary !!

Nevertheless, it's what he does and there are people that like it and more importantly buy it.

 

I prefer to dwell on the good old days, when Kenny Gorlick (Kenny G) was a young kick-ass sax player for the Jeff Lorber Fusion back in the 70's and 80's. Check him out on the "Water Sign" Album. Much more inspiring then.(to me)

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I saw Kenny G in concert once. He opened for Whitney Houston at Madison Square Garden in 1987. His music may be simple, but I thought that he was a good player technically. I enjoyed the show.

 

I'm also a Phil Collins fan. (Sorry, Jeff.)

 

That said, I still hate Yanni's music. But he's welcome to use whatever keyboards he likes.

The Black Knight always triumphs!

 

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Slightly off topic ... is it possible to stay awake for an entire Chuck Magionne concert? I went to one many years ago and an old friend made that comment which proved to be true; I fell asleep.

No guitarists were harmed during the making of this message.

 

In general, harmonic complexity is inversely proportional to the ratio between chording and non-chording instruments.

 

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Originally posted by dementia13:

I've met plenty of horn players who had no use for rock that absolutely hated Kenny G, and they had much more specific reasons than "his hair's long" or "his music's wimpy". They mentioned his tiny tone and unimaginative soloing and bemoaned the fact that he became everybody's idea of what a sax player is while true innovators merit a blank look. Lots of people assume that because Kenny G doesn't play metal or hip-hop, his music is therefore more sophisticated. His music is in fact very basic, and is nothing more than your grandmother's easy listening music repackaged and remarketed. Pretty sounds for people unwilling or unable to be challenged.

I have no similar criticism of Yanni. His music doesn't move me, but he has interesting arrangements and is smart -and tasteful- enough to feature some deadly musicians as sidemen. You can rent "Live at the Acropolis" and see some killer performances.

Have to agree with this whole-heartedly. Growing up playng sax, it was frustrating dealing with Kenny G. I grew to hate him after a while. Mostly after the ubiquitous Xmas Album. And the "he can play a note forever" BS. So what. I can circular breathe. Go out with ME!!!!!!

 

Seriously though, both Yanni and Kenny G can get it done as musicians - face it guys. I hate rap but I can admit that they can kick ass at what they do.

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Nevertheless, it's what he does and there are people that like it and more importantly buy it.

 

I prefer to dwell on the good old days, when Kenny Gorlick (Kenny G) was a young kick-ass sax player for the Jeff Lorber Fusion back in the 70's and 80's. Check him out on the "Water Sign" Album. Much more inspiring then.(to me)

 

You're kidding. I have that album, and I like it.

And yes, Dave, I have stayed awake through two Chuck Mangione concerts.

Oh, all right, my friends made me leave the second one early. But I would have stayed awake. I got his dad's autograph, too.

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