|Detailed information is a little sketchy, I have a
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here) The system was more akin to a mini computer in appearance with
its VDU and keyboard. Very few of the units were built (let me know if
you own one!) and even less remain today (see Mr. Dolby's last quote).
Here's a few of quotes from Thomas Dolby:
"I had a PPG, not a Wave, but this refrigerator-sized 340/380,
and the sense of rhythm you hear is due to its cycling through some
pretty radical wave-tables."
playing live. There's just nothing like it. Over the years I have come
to enjoy it more and more. When I started out as an electronic
one-man-band in the late '70's, gigging was fraught with anxiety because
the technology was then very new, untried, fragile, expensive, and
irreplaceable. I used to get around the stage in an electric wheelchair
and swap microcassettes in and out of Henry, my PPG 340/380 WaveComputer
(each song had its own microcassette. Sometimes they would even load
up!) while slides of industrial complexes and the North Pole would play
on metal sheets behind me. It may sound like fun but often the audience
could nip out for a curry in between numbers."
" I also had an early PPG 340/380 called Henry that had been
designed to turn Tangerine Dream's lightshow on and off. *1
It put out PLUS and MINUS voltages based on sequences, and I used
it to trigger Simmons electronic drum modules, in the days prior
to the first drum machines. PPG also made a bizarre wavetable
synthesizer which made very unusual noises and looked like a
refrigerator. *2 You needed a Doctorate in
German to read the manual. I used this a lot for things like the bass
part on "Windpower" and the bell-like chinks of light on
*1 Although it is mentioned that
Wolfgand designed some of TD's lighting controls, this is likely to be a slight
misinterpretation as whilst quite capable of triggering other devices,
the sheer waste of using the unit to do this would be like using a
Pentium 4 PC for a tea's made. It may be true however that it eventually
got relegated to this menial task upon being superceded I suppose.
*2 I think Mr.
Dolby may have been referring to the 380 Event generator separately to
the whole system, as in the first quote he mentions the 340/380 as being
a sound source.
"Henry 'accidentally' fell down a lift-shaft in 1984."