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Moog commissions Flying Lotus track; trippiness ensues

January 21, 2013|By Mikael Wood
  • The keyboard maker Moog commissioned a track from Flying Lotus to demonstrate its new Sub Phatty model.
The keyboard maker Moog commissioned a track from Flying Lotus to demonstrate… (Moog )

If purchased directly from the manufacturer, the new Moog Sub Phatty will set you back $1,099. But synth nuts curious about the keyboard maker's new model can get a sense of its sound for free, thanks to a composition Moog commissioned from L.A. beat whiz Flying Lotus.

Titled "Such a Square," the 90-second track (and an accompanying video by Flying Lotus collaborator Adam Fuchs) was posted Monday on YouTube, and not surprisingly it's a dizzying electro-jazz excursion that shows off the fuzz-toned capabilities of what Moog calls its "grittiest" synth ever. (Hear the track below.)

Alas, we'll have to trust in the company's assurance that the Sub Phatty delivers "crisp and detailed waveforms." Pop & Hiss doesn't know much about waveforms -- crisp, detailed or otherwise.

"Such a Square" is just one of the ways Flying Lotus has kept himself busy since the release of last fall's acclaimed "Until the Quiet Comes," which The Times' August Brown called "his most musically meticulous and attentive album to date."

At a November show at the Airliner in Lincoln Heights he revealed he was the rapper Captain Murphy, whose "Duality" mixtape caused a commotion online when it appeared last year. And earlier this month Flying Lotus told XXL he was at work on more Captain Murphy material.


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