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I'd like to compile a list of famous artists or bands who use Atari computers in their production, be it 8 or 16 bit. I'll start it off: Atari Teenage Riot

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Probably the most prolific Atari user is Jean Michel Jarre... He would use banks of Atari Megas in concert through the 90's... I had the opportunity to watch in 1993 at Wembley Stadium, London and was able to glimpse about 6 or 7 machines in use.

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I known Canadian Jazz master Oscar Peterson used it and here's a thread that answers the question in more detail.

and here's a summary (quote from) of the thread:

 

 

Oscar Peterson was a great fan

Depeche Mode used 2 STs running Notator on 'Ultra'

William Orbit on Madonna's 'Ray of Light'

Future Sound of London.

Bomb the Bass.

Jamiroquai.

Gary Numan.

 

Artist Group/Title Main Midi Application

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Chester Thompson Genesis SMPTE Track, Cubase

Ronnie Foster Producer Various

Greg Giuffria House of Lords Various

Lee Ritenour Guitarist SMPTE Track

Jimmy Holz Producer SMPTE Track/Holz Translator

Mick Fleetwood Fleetwood Mac SMPTE Track/Holz Translator

Jon Anderson Yes SMPTE Track/Holz Translator

Greg Whelchel Pointer Sisters SMPTE Track

Marc Rittor Pointer Sisters SMPTE Track

Terry Riley Artist Notator

Mike Pindar Moody Blues Various

Edgar Froese Tangerine Dream Steinberg Pro24

BB King Blues Artist SMPTE Track

Jay Ferguson Spirit, Film SMPTE Track

Jim Purcell Film Artist Dr T KCS

Dave Mason Artist SMPTE Track

Charles Faris Film Artist Forth

Leon Russel Artist SMPTE Track

Paul Carrack Mike & the Mechanics Notator

Adrian Lee Mike & the Mechanics Notator

Howard Massey Programmer Various

Craig Anderton Midi Writter MT Pro/Cubase

Chris Many Film Artist SMPTE Track

Randy Roos Artist Dr T KCS

Billy Curry Artist Steinberg Pro24

Queen Group MT Pro/Notator SL

Gary Neuman Artist Notator

Patrick Leonard Producer ?

Debbie Gibson Artist Notator

 

 

And Coldcut.

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I believe someone bought an ST that was used by Mike Love of the beachboys last year. Dunno if he used it for music though

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Swedish band Adolphson & Falk used the Atari ST. On their album "Över tid och rum" from 1984 they even had a recording of an Atari 8-bit program as the last track. This wasn't specified on the album, but was discovered by someone who recognized the sound of a loading tape on the Atari 8-bit. It was their recording engineer, I think that was an Atari 8-bit fan at the time, who put the track in.

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ummm...

Army of 2600 uses 2600s..

Black Moth Super Rainbow uses a 2600 on a few songs.

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Fat Boy Slim.

 

I was just about to mention him - as an aside, had a great time at one of his Brighton beach parties, but I didn't get close enough to the DJ booth to see whether he'd brought his Atari along. White Town also used an ST on "Your Woman" (if anyone remembers that one...)

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I known Canadian Jazz master Oscar Peterson used it and here's a thread that answers the question in more detail.

and here's a summary (quote from) of the thread:

 

 

Oscar Peterson was a great fan

Depeche Mode used 2 STs running Notator on 'Ultra'

William Orbit on Madonna's 'Ray of Light'

Future Sound of London.

Bomb the Bass.

Jamiroquai.

Gary Numan.

 

Artist Group/Title Main Midi Application

----------------------------------------------------------------

Chester Thompson Genesis SMPTE Track, Cubase

Ronnie Foster Producer Various

Greg Giuffria House of Lords Various

Lee Ritenour Guitarist SMPTE Track

Jimmy Holz Producer SMPTE Track/Holz Translator

Mick Fleetwood Fleetwood Mac SMPTE Track/Holz Translator

Jon Anderson Yes SMPTE Track/Holz Translator

Greg Whelchel Pointer Sisters SMPTE Track

Marc Rittor Pointer Sisters SMPTE Track

Terry Riley Artist Notator

Mike Pindar Moody Blues Various

Edgar Froese Tangerine Dream Steinberg Pro24

BB King Blues Artist SMPTE Track

Jay Ferguson Spirit, Film SMPTE Track

Jim Purcell Film Artist Dr T KCS

Dave Mason Artist SMPTE Track

Charles Faris Film Artist Forth

Leon Russel Artist SMPTE Track

Paul Carrack Mike & the Mechanics Notator

Adrian Lee Mike & the Mechanics Notator

Howard Massey Programmer Various

Craig Anderton Midi Writter MT Pro/Cubase

Chris Many Film Artist SMPTE Track

Randy Roos Artist Dr T KCS

Billy Curry Artist Steinberg Pro24

Queen Group MT Pro/Notator SL

Gary Neuman Artist Notator

Patrick Leonard Producer ?

Debbie Gibson Artist Notator

 

 

And Coldcut.

 

I really believe the Hotz translator is one of the most impressive music devices that utilized an Atari computer.

Jimmy Hotz with the Hotz Translator

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vahhes7h0ZA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xF7i3xJDx4

 

I'm really surprised that a device like the Hotz Translator isn't being actively produced and used in this age of midi and VSTi software. I think it is one of those lost midi technologies.

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Mike Patton, right about 2:35 in the video is a 2600 with a Synthcart.

 

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I know STacy laptops were used for MIDI tasks by Michael Jackson's band and INXS. My dad had a small company selling large NICAD battery packs, cases and chargers for STacy laptops. Both were customers.

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Wasn't a decent ST pretty much *THE* standard MIDI rig in the mid-late 80's? Even Cubase got it's start on the ST I believe. Logic was originally an ST package as well I believe. We had an ST and a Casio CZ-101 we played around with Music Studio on.

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True. Seems odd asking who used an ST. You'd be better off asking who didn't. I know one guy who used a MAC back then but everyone else was on Atari and either Pro 24 or Cubase.

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Hello all, Im new to this site, big atari fan, outstanding forums going on here.

 

Anyway I remember 808 state used atari in thier music too. It was in the credits in an old album I used to have.

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