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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2008-08-08: Electronic accordions, with Roland’s V-Accordion

August 14, 2018
AccNoir 2008-08-08


From the Accordion Noir back archives, here’s another blast from the past — ten years ago, we received a two-part visit (both to our radio program and to the monthly Squeezebox Circle gathering) from Murray Brown and Doug McGarry from Roland, that renowned Japanese purveyor of electronic instruments, including the company’s long-sought quixotic ideal… the electronic accordion!  (Or more to the point, their proprietary V-accordion.)    While visiting us, they delivered a confident demonstration of its capabilities while deftly ducking our more punk inquiries into the potential to abuse the instrument’s capabilities beyond its intended parameters of Golden Age Of The Accordion applications.  (Ten years on now, someone must have violated their EULA and uncovered some circuit-bending hacks to spin our heads on top of our shoulders — but in the meantime, you can still enjoy the party line courtesy of this archival recording.)  At its original online home, this episode was visited some 8423 times… you can still enjoy it into the future (digital accordions… at one, looking both forward and back!) courtesy of the Internet Archive.  To whet your appetite, here’s the episode’s playlist!

Accordion Noir: Playlist: 08, 08, 08, Electronic Accordions, with Murray Brown and Doug McGarry from Roland!
September 5th Deadline! Visit for information on their big V Accordion contest (you don’t need one of their accordions to enter, but you could win one.)
Artist — Song – Album (date) – Origin – Label/Contact info

Greg Pagel – Rock the Box, pt 1 – Plastic Machine Music (2005) – Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA –
Lea Nicholson – 4th Brandenburg Concerto (3rd Movement) – The Concertina Record (1980) – UK – (Or get it:)
Murray Brown on the Roland FR-7
Steve Jordan – Oaxaca – Polkas Huapangos Y Redovas (2006) – Texas, USA –
More Murray, plus Doug McGarry with history of Roland’s accordion dreams. And the big championship contest!
Aldo Granato – Melantonyme – La Noche (2006) – Belgium –
Motion Trio – Tranceaccordion – Play-Station (2005) – Poland –
Harriet & Myriam Dykstra – Yogourt is Not Invented – (2008) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
Pistolera – Cazador – Siempre Hay Salida (2006) – USA, Brooklyn, NY
Jessica Fichot – Le Chemin – Le Chemin (2007) – France, and Los Angeles, California, USA —

September 5th Deadline!
Visit for information on their big V Accordion contest (you don’t need one of their accordions to enter, but you could win one.)

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

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