ARP Omni-2 – the classic Joy Division keyboard

I found this the other day on YouTube – if you like Closer or Atmosphere and have any interest in synths, watch the video below.

When I was a teenager in the mid-1980s, like many of my teenager friends I was very fascinated by Joy Division, in particular by their album “Closer”. I remember that in those days I used to put Closer on the turntable, turn off the lights in my room, and fall asleep to the music. The music from Closer was very beautiful and hypnotic, and left a big impression on me. In particular I loved the synth strings used in that album. It was the ARP Omni-2, also used in other songs by the band. A great album, a great performance by the band, a masterful production by Martin Hannett, and a big influence for my music since those days.

2 thoughts on “ARP Omni-2 – the classic Joy Division keyboard

  1. Fantastic analogue sounds!! Wonderful.
    And isn’t this the same keyboard that The Cure used on Faith and Pornography?

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