Pink Floyd - Coming back to life sounds


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Does anybody know what the opening keyboard sound is to "coming back to life" by pink floyd is? Or if there's any tutorial on how to make is or something? Really stuck.
 
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CowboyNQ plays in a Pink Floyd cover band.

He'll probably be able to tell you whenever the sun comes up in Australia :)

Gary ;)
 
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So what is the "secret sauce" anyway?
It's essentially an orchestral pad, pretty heavy on the strings but still quite synthy sounding. Pretty typical of the 90's when this album came out. At the very start there's a bit of organ through a rotary speaker and some kind of subtle brass sound as well, which dies away.

To authentically recreate in a live environment it's nigh on impossible, but I suggested to Lesley that if she splits her keyboard and gets a quality strings pad in one half and some very quiet organ in the other, plus ensures she plays an F9 (not an F as some chord charts will have you believe) she'll go a long way to getting a sound she likes. The trick with this song is to remember that the pad is very much a layer for the excellent guitar solo and vocals, so with a bit of smoke and mirrors she will sound "exactly like the record" to the audience in a live setting. Because they're not really listening to the keys anyway.


Watch from 4:06 to hear our version of it from a live show we did a year ago. When you get right down to it, it's not actually that much like the record, but it allows the lead guitar to do its thing.
 
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Thanks Paul...

You guys could play the phone book and make it sound like vintage Floyd :D

Gary ;)
 
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