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O Come, All Ye Faithful

from God Rest Ye Merry Robotmen - a Holiday EP by Solarno



‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ is the 1841 Frederick Oakeley English translation of Adeste Fideles which was penned in Latin by John Francis Wade in 1743. But, as seems to be the case with many Christmas carols, it may have been written much earlier with the melody possible originating in the 13th century.

My version of ‘O Come...’ is the story of the song that couldn’t die. From the outset of the production for this EP, this was a chosen song. It originally was going to employ the services of The Signing Sines (my Robot band) on vocals, but frankly they just never felt the Christmas Spirit and I ended up having to scrap the first version I was working on. Right about the time I was losing hope on this song I found out that G-Force Software had released a new patch set for their M-Tron Pro using the original sounds of the Orchestron which was essentially a ‘cheap’ consumer version of a Mellotron. It has a very lo-fi sound but still found it’s way into many a commercial recording in the 70’s and 80’s, most notably by Kraftwerk. Anyways, I heard the choir patch and was immediately inspired to create what you hear now. So besides the hauntingly beautiful Orchestron choir, the following instrumentation can also be heard within: Logic EFM, Sculpture, and ES E synths, impOSCar synth, Mellotron flute and strings, Chamberlain harp, Orchestron pipe organ, marimba, and flute. The drums are from two sources. The African kit is via the Logic Ultrabeat, and the ‘disco’ beat was created using the Logic EXS24 CR-78 vintage drum machine sample set.


from God Rest Ye Merry Robotmen - a Holiday EP, released December 4, 2012
Music by: John Francis Wade (1743)
Arranged and produced by Jim Furey.
Recorded and mastered at The Robot Junkyard.
Published by MixiM Music.
Copyright 2012, Jim Furey


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