Farewell to my Technics piano

Roughly twenty years ago, when I moved into my current home, my parents bought me a Technics SX-PR702 electronic piano. There is another photo elsewhere on this blog, but here’s a better one.

The piano has been repaired a handful of times in the murky past (spare part replacement) but recently failed again, and I doubt it’s still possible to get the parts. I haven’t made absolutely sure of that, but acting on advice from others (including Mum) I made the decision to buy a new $6000 electronic piano which will be installed in about a fortnight. Until then I still have the Technics. (It still “works” in the same way that a bad telephone line works, but the faulty electronics create an intermittent sputtering sound.)

As a sendoff for the SX-PR702, I thought I’d collect together some of the recordings I’ve created with it. Most but not all of these have appeared on this blog before, and I’ve recorded a couple especially for this occasion.


First up is a cover of a tune I originally composed as an angsty teenager. I have blogged it, with lyrics, before. I don’t precisely remember the original context.

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Voice: Cello 127, Orchestral Sweep 127
Backing: “Eight Beat” var 1 at 88 bpm {Bass 72, ACP1 88, ACP2 104, ACP3 mute, Drum 48}


Second, the piece that I played via recording at my maternal grandmother’s funeral.

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Voice: Dulcimer 108, Shakuhachi 108
Backing: “Waltz” var 2 at 104 bpm {Bass 60, ACP1 mute, ACP2 78, ACP3 mute, Drum mute}


Third, my musical adaptation of John Masefield’s sonnet, I could not sleep for thinking of the sky.

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Voice: Shakuhachi 112, Folk Dreams 127, Stereo Vocal Ah 64
Backing: “Eight Beat Ballad” var 2 at 88 bpm {Bass 88, ACP1 88, ACP2 mute, ACP3 80, Drum 64}


Fourth, the astronomy song, Flock of Worlds, that I composed for a podcast.

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Voice: Six String Piano 127, Concert Strings 72


Fifth, a song I composed specifically for singing to plants (only the lyrics have appeared before).

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Piano settings not recorded


Sixth, a very rough recording I made for this blog post, for the sake of having my ideas recorded. It needs work (before recording I did not realise the pulsating left hand voice is so dominating) but I’ve always envisioned it as a dance piece (not that I’m a dancer). You will hear the spluttering that is the reason the piano needs replacing.

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Voice: Strings and Horns 127, Dulcimer 94, Metal Pad 106 [too loud]
Backing: “Country Rock” var 3 at 92 bpm {Bass 124, ACP1 mute, ACP2 110, ACP3 mute, Drum 90}


Seventh, another recording made specifically for this blog post. This demonstrates a motif that is part of my interpretation of a Japanese Enka (something I know nothing about but I love taking inspiration from an unfamiliar backing. Here’s a genuine enka).

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This uses one of the piano’s native settings (“Sayonara Night” under Style Explorer) without customisation.


Hope you enjoyed that, and here’s to another twenty years with a new instrument.

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