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Spencer Carson
Oct 17, 2019
In William's World
Hi Everybody! First time poster here! I am a huge fan of Bill's work with Yellow Magic Orchestra and Yukihiro Takahashi. I was wondering if anyone knew what equipment he was using in the studio and on tour with them. I know in videos he's using his green SG2000 but I don't see or at least can't make out what amps and effects he's using. There's one sound in particular I would like to know how he created it. It has very "E-Bow" like and it has a great overdriven, wide/chorus sound to it. Big Muff? Dimension D? JC-120? Any thoughts? I know he's listed as "Guitar/E-Bow" on Takahashi's "What Me Worry". Here are two great examples of the sound I'm talking about. YMO - "Focus" https://youtu.be/KlShy_5srEQ Yukihiro Takahashi - "Helpless" This is an amazing cover with great vocals from Bill. It sounds like he's using a vibrato bar here on some bends so maybe ES-345 or Strat? https://youtu.be/71HRxm09pg0 Here's a live video from the 1983 tour Bill played on with Takahashi but I swear some of the audio is just the album recordings and not just backing tracks with live instruments on top. https://youtu.be/NqjNPMcfI7k This one seems more "live". https://youtu.be/tXBnqBxQiYA Anyway let me know if you have any insight! Also does anyone know how Bill and YMO met and started working together? A lot of their work together happened around 1982-1984. Was it through David Sylvian or Steve Nye? For the record, I tried searching for this information in the forum but I couldn't seem to find what I was looking for. Cheers and Thanks, Spencer
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