Yes Textures – 626

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Mark and I had a great time this week thinking about interesting or unusual Yes musical textures. We both came up with 3 examples that we thought were surprising or different so do have a look below to hear the clips we are referring to and add your own examples to the comments section. You may be surprised with some of our suggestions – that’s somewhat the idea, after all.

  • What interesting textures can you think of in Yes music?
  • Is it down to instrumentation, arrangement or a combination?
  • Do Mark and I choose the same things again?
Kevin – Church bell texture!
Mark – Weird electronic sounds in the drum solo
Unable to embed this one – Mark – Tom Brislin playing the electronic sounds in perfect synch with Alan White – Ritual
Kevin – the orchestral and band textures throughout Dreamtime, especially when the orchestra takes over towards the end
Mark – Steve Howe’s Coral Sitar guitar sounds in the mix
Mark – The Coral Sitar again in Siberian Khatru
Mark – Sitar in the introduction
Mark – A real Sitar this time played by Deepak Khazanchi on It Can Happen from 90125
Mark – this is the Danelectro Coral Sitar guitar as used by Steve Howe
Kevin – the amazing texture of Tony Levin’s Chapman Stick and Bill Bruford’s electronic drums
Mark – Alan White’s amazing electronic drum sounds
Mark – Chris Squire’s harmonica solo!

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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from:

6 replies on “Yes Textures – 626”

Another delightful, insightful episode. Great discussion about Magnification and Larry Groupé’s wonderful orchestrations on that album. Also loved that bit about the electric sitar. Perhaps the best-known Yes effect – because of the song it’s in – is the backward guitar harmonics at the beginning of Roundabout, eh?

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This was a very interesting episode. I suppose I took all of the textures for granted as they just blended in. For example I’d never realised that there was a sitar in CTTE, it was just there and perfect.
Anyway thanks for your thoughts. Always a pleasure to hear Mark geeking out so no need for him to apologise

Hi Jeremy,
Thank you for your kind words.
True…that sitar part in Close to the Edge is so well blended…that if I didn’t see Steve play that actual part live…I would never have noticed it either.

Thanks for your continued support.

Mark Anthony K

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