A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling. ), (It's not clear when Mike acquired the mandolin, but no mandolin was hired for Tubular Bells, so it's possible he used this one. Brass tubular bells, as seen in the Boxed booklet photos. Guitar modelling processor, able to model the sounds of different guitars and other instruments. Mini powered monitor speakers. He then decided to pursue music on a full-time, professional basis. Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders! Sold via ebay in December 2007. Elements represents the many sides of Mike Oldfield, and is a short but interesting journey through some of this multi-instrumentalist's best efforts.Sixteen of his albums are spoken for, with the same number of tracks making up this assortment. Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2008. A type of custom effects unit, which Mike probably got from David Bedford. One accurate version. Jun 6, 2020 - Explore Terry Gainey's board "MIKE OLDFIELD" on Pinterest.  Between 2002 and 2013, Oldfield was married to Fanny Vandekerckhove, who he had met while living in Ibiza. He had also conquered his fear of flying, gained a pilot's license, and bought his own plane..  Oldfield went on to play on Ayers's albums Shooting at the Moon (1970) and Whatevershebringswesing (1971), and played mandolin on Edgar Broughton Band (1971). Control surface for digital audio workstations, used in both of Mike's Bahamas studios. He appears with it on the front of the East German Amiga Quartett EP. After ten performances Oldfield grew bored of the job and was fired after he decided to play his part for "Let the Sunshine In" in 7/8 time. Used as part of Mike's 1980s portable recording setup. In 2006 and 2007, Oldfield headlined the Night of the Proms tour, consisting of 21 concerts across Europe. Mike Oldfield tabs, chords, guitar, bass, ukulele chords, power tabs and guitar pro tabs including in dulci jubilo, exorcist, crime of passion, foreign affair, flying start  They lived in Switzerland, France, and England. Hired from Maurice Placquet for recording Tubular Bells. It is not unusual for him to collaborate with diverse singers and to hold auditions before deciding the most appropriate for a particular song or album. ), (The All Right Now video clip suggests that Mike used these for snare drums around this time. ), (Used for its string sound - listed as 'Roland Strings'), (Can clearly be seen in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album. In 1974, Oldfield played the guitar on the critically acclaimed album Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt. Used on the Sallyangie sessions, and played in the Tubular Bells Second House performance. This piano is shown in pictures of Mike in his Througham studio, so it's likely he used it on the recordings he made there.  While doing so Oldfield took up work as a reserve guitarist in a stage production of Hair at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where he played and gigged with Alex Harvey. Not listed but believed to be thereâ¦ Electric lap steel guitar â¦ ), (Used to help create the 'saxophone guitar' parts), (This is, at a guess, the Yamaha referred to in the sleeve notes of the album. This guitar was modified with a 2 octave fretboard. He had wanted to do it years before but his contract with Virgin kept him from doing so. Maple back and sides, spruce top. Although recognised as a highly skilled guitarist, Oldfield is self-deprecating about his other instrumental skills, describing them as having been developed out of necessity to perform and record the music he composes. ), (In 1984, Mike told Guitarist magazine that this guitar was used for many of the acoustic rhythm parts, often recorded in a small room or corridor. Compact (29 string?) When it was released on 1 December 1978, the album went to No. Hired for recording Tubular Bells, but seemingly not used on the album. s/n L 13996. Ever the sonic experimentalist, Mike Oldfield uses guitars exclusively (strummed, plucked, struck, sampled, etc.) Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Mike Oldfield - Guitars at Discogs. He auditioned as bassist for Family in 1969 following the departure of Ric Grech, but the group did not share Roger Chapman's enthusiasm towards Oldfield's performance. He wrote a chord chart for the song and presented it to the group, who completed it in the studio. For much of the 1970s, its input stage was used as part of the signal chain for Mike's distorted guitar sound. In June 1978, during the recording of Incantations, Oldfield and his siblings completed a three-day Exegesis seminar, a controversial self-assertiveness program based on Werner Erhard's EST training program.  His 1970s recordings were characterised by a very broad variety of instrumentation predominantly played by himself, plus assorted guitar sound treatments to suggest other instrumental timbres (such as the bagpipe, mandolin, "Glorfindel" and varispeed guitars on the original Tubular Bells).  The pair had met backstage at one of Oldfield's gigs while touring Germany in 1984. The grand piano was owned by The Manor and was built by Steinway & Sons. As mentioned in Sound on Sound, February 1995. One with JBL speakers had been requested, but the hire receipt has the note "Where were the JBLs." He has been particularly dismissive of his violin-playing and singing abilities. Dolby SR was Dolby's most advanced form of tape noise reduction. 4 in the UK. His mother was prescribed barbiturates, to which she became addicted. Mike strung it with silk and steel strings for a super-light action. This guitar is a Fender Stratocaster from 1963 and was one of Mike Oldfieldâs favourite guitars. Used in the smaller recording setup in Mike's Bahamas home. Although Oldfield considers himself primarily a guitarist, he is also one of popular music's most skilled and diverse multi-instrumentalists. Oldfield has an unusual playing style, using fingers and long right-hand fingernails and different ways of creating vibrato: a "very fast side-to-side vibrato" and "violinist's vibrato". 18" bodhrÃ¡n decorated with a St John Eagle from the Book of Kells. Sold by Chandler Guitars to an English fan in February 2006. He wrote a new track, "Royal Wedding Anthem", for the occasion.. Michael Gordon Oldfield, born May 15, 1953, English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, became a giant force on the music scene behind his symphonic masterpiece Tubular Bells release in 1973, where he played over 20 instruments on the multi-layered opus. Virtual vocalist software which, unlike Vocaloid, uses pure synthesis (and not samples) to generate its voices. Hard disk recording system based on the CMI Series III architecture. Multi-pattern large diaphragm microphone with transformerless output stage.  Since 1980, he has been a licensed pilot and has flown fixed wing aircraft (the first of which was a Beechcraft Sierra) and helicopters (including the Agusta Bell 47G, which featured on the sleeve of his cover version of the ABBA song "Arrival" as a pastiche of their album artwork). Carved rosewood body, likely made in Pakistan.  During the early 1990s he underwent a course on mental health problems, and subsequently set up a foundation called Tonic, which sponsored people to have counselling and therapy. ), ('Linn Machine' is listed on the track sheet, and the LM-1 can be seen in the gatefold photo of his studio. ), (This is likely the guitar used for the opening Fast Riff. Oldfield released his first album on the Mercury label, Light + Shade, in September 2005. 15" active subwoofer. According to Les Penning, he and Mike travelled to Bradford in Mike's old Range Rover to buy this from Woods Early Music Shop. The BeoLabs are presumably for checking what his mixes are like on consumer-grade equipment. , In February 1970, Oldfield auditioned as the bassist in The Whole World, a new backing band that former Soft Machine vocalist Kevin Ayers was putting together. Favorites. Next attempt was on January 15, 2008 (Lot 361, estimate Â£10,000 - 15,000).  In 1979, he recorded a version of the signature tune for the BBC children's television programme Blue Peter, which was used by the show for 10 years.. The album was produced by Steve Lipson. According to Phil Newell, Mike borrowed this bass from him for recording Tubular Bells. Sold to a fan via Chandlers Guitar in 2008, and resold to RUDI TFAO Guitars in Holland in 2009. ), (Used with ASIO drivers for virtual synths and VST plugins. Used throughout the 70s and into the 80s, when he acquired the Mike Vanden F4-style mandolin. ), (Mike used a software emulation of a Solina rather than the real thing on this album. 1/4" reel to reel tape recorder, originally borrowed from Kevin Ayers to record the Tubular Bells demo tapes. Mike originally borrowed some of these from the Manor Mobile, but later acquired his own. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal. ), (Kept on a bookshelf at the back of Mike's Los Angeles studio, so probably not used for the bulk of editing and mixing work, but possibly used as a secondary (or tertiary) reference set. Guitars is the 19th record album written and performed by Mike Oldfield, released in 1999.The concept of the album was to only perform it using guitar-like instruments. Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2006. In 1998, Oldfield produced the third Tubular Bells album (also premiered at a concert, this time in Horse Guards Parade, London), drawing on the dance music scene at his then new home on the island of Ibiza. It was then to be auctioned off by Bonhams on June 20, 2007 (Lot 391) with an estimate of Â£25,000 - 35,000.  Shortly before Luke's birth in 1986, the relationship had broken down and they amicably split. ), (Shown in one picture in Mike's photo-collage on the album sleeve. In 2015, Oldfield told Steve Wright on his BBC radio show that a sequel album to Tubular Bells was in early development, which he aimed to record on analogue equipment. Released in July 1989, Earth Moving features seven vocalists across the album's nine tracks. Runs off the CR-1604's internal power supply - did Mike own one, or was it modified? This has been on the instruments list for a long time, but it's not clear what it is - if anyone has more information, please get in touch! Like Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge is a two-movement instrumental piece, this time evoking scenes from Oldfield's Herefordshire country retreat. Spanish Guitar and introducing Acoustic Guitar by Alnilam Part 2 Harmonic Intro by Alnilam Bass by Julien Nadeau Caveman (bass) nico. Virtual vocalist software, capable of 'singing' using sets of voice samples. It was used as the front of house desk for Mike's live shows, but was also pressed into service for creating monitor mixes in some of Mike's temporary studio setups. 1/4" stereo tape recorder. Electro-classical, sold to an English fan through Chandler Guitars in February 2006. Crystal Clear Tab by Mike Oldfield with free online tab player. She suffered from mental health problems and spent much of the rest of her life in mental institutions.  He has two elder siblings, sister Sally and brother Terence. s/n Z 8 - 097. Worth Â£439, swapped for a Martin D-35. According to Mike in Changeling, this was the first mixer built by Rebis, custom ordered by him for his Througham studio. Mike replaced the original tuners , the tremolo block, a 5-way switch and the pots by new parts.  Released in August 1992, the album went to No. Kept in Mike's living room in the early 90s. ), (Played through Twin Reverb for distorted guitars), (Mike bought this at some point during 1974, so the chances are high that if he didn't use the mystery Japanese classical guitar, he used this for his classical guitar part in Part Two. It's listed in the article as a Roland DX 800, which never existed. Given to Jeremy Parker, then sold to Alexander MÃ¼ller. "It was like opening some huge cathedral doors and facing the monster, and I saw that the monster was myself as a newborn infant, because I'd started life in a panic.  Oldfield spent much of the next year living off his father and performing in an electric rock band named Barefoot that included his brother Terry on flute, until the group disbanded in early 1970. Large diaphragm omnidirectional condenser microphone. It can also be seen in the background in the interviews from The Essential Mike Oldfield. By this time, Oldfield had entered a relationship with Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland, lasting until 1991. ), (Seen in multiple pictures both in Mike's studio (it's on top of the Fairlight keyboard in the photo inside the LP gatefold) and on the Five Miles Out tour. During the 1980s Oldfield became expert in the use of digitaâ¦ (This was sold on eBay in 2007 for 15550 euros. Sold via eBay in December 2007. , By mid-1971, Oldfield had assembled a demo tape containing sections of a longform instrumental piece initially titled "Opus One". Hired from Maurice Placquet for recording Tubular Bells. Sequencer. ), (Likely used for some of the album's acoustic melodies, as Mike seems to have favoured its focused sound for this kind of task. This is actually a mini 12 string electric guitar. One inch type C reel to reel VTR. It was designed as a quadraphonic desk, with quad panpots. Foot controller, sold via eBay in December 2007. 0 ), (The remote unit for this machine can be seen in the 'Studio Switzerland' picture on the sleeve of some LP editions of the album. The first, Guitars, used guitars as the source for all the sounds on the album, including percussion. Blue rack unit that can often be spotted in Mike's early 80s guitar racks - e.g. Borrowed from Tom Newman, it used to belong to Cat Stevens. Guitar controller for Roland guitar synthesis system. Pictures of Mike at the time, as well as the 'All You Need is Love' documentary, suggest that Mike's go-to guitar was the SG/Les Paul Junior, not the Telecaster. This is one of the early models of SG which still had the Les Paul logo on the headstock. Oldfield's discography includes 26 studio albums, nine of which have reached the UK top-ten. 5" active studio monitors. Serial number 833908, presumably from 1983. In May 1968, when Oldfield turned fifteen, his school headmaster requested that he cut his long hair. A half rack module version of the X5, the 05R/W featured samples from many of its predecessors, including the M1, and added some which were new to the X series.  All three albums were recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where Oldfield familiarised himself with a variety of instruments, such as orchestral percussion, piano, Mellotron, and harpsichord, and started to write and put down musical ideas of his own. ), (Mike appears with it in the Shadow on the Wall video, so it's quite likely he used it on the album. It was released in 1985, and Mike claimed that his was the first in England. It's not clear whether the only Farfisa on the album is the broken hired organ or whether another was borrowed (for example, the Farfisa Mike had borrowed for the demos).