Ron Mael's Main Live Keyboards (Early70's)

Early70's〜
Wurlitzer electric piano


Kimono My House 〜 Propaganda (1974)
RMI electra-piano 368 and Fender Rhodes piano (Mark I Stage Piano? )




"Before the Halfnelson album, I had a Wurlitzer electric piano. I loved the sound because it let me sound like Ray Charles on What'd I Say but the metal pieces inside kept breaking.
When I moved to England, for some reason I bought an RMI piano. It had three sounds: piano, organ and a sort of harpsichord, I believe. I only needed the piano, but the sound was incredibly horrible, so I bought an Echoplex, a tape delay unit, to give it a little pizazz, and that was the sound of most of Kimono My House and Propaganda and at our live shows at that time."

- Ron Mael, Keyboard Player, 2008



RON MAEL - RMI ELECTRA-PIANO KEYBOARDS
http://graphikdesigns.free.fr/rmi-electra-piano.html


Ron Mael's Main Live Keyboards (90's - Present)

Roland JD-800
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Roland A-90
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YAMAHA S-90
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YAMAHA Motif ES8
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YAMAHA Motif XF8
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90's〜
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (1994)
Roland JD-800

2000〜
Balls (2000)
Roland JD-800

Lil' Beethoven (2002)
Roland A-90
Roland JD-800

Hello Young Lovers (2006)
YAMAHA S-90
Roland JD-800

21×21(2008)
Roland JD-800
YAMAHA Motif ES8

Exotic Creatures Of The Deep (2008)
YAMAHA Motif ES8

2010〜
The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman: LA film festival (2011)
YAMAHA Motif ES8

Two Hands, One Mouth tour (2012)
YAMAHA Motif XF8




JD-800 Catalog


The First, The Last, My Everything

Mark Radcliffe's Music Club

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pgqf9

"The First, The Last, My Everything" selected by Ron Mael


The first record you ever bought

Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley


The last record you ever bought

June Christy - Something Cool


The song that means everything to you

Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness

"Listen everybody especially you girls"




Do you believe in Santa Claus?


Santa Claus

"I believe."


− Ron Mael



Mojo (2008)

Mojo (November 25, 2008)
Ron Mael: The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year



The brightest Spark in the box is here to edutain you.

"While continuing to collect Air Jordan sneakers and DVDs of '70s Japanese "pinky violence" films, my musical obsession this past year (and the ten years previous) has been the Last Four Songs of Richard Strauss. I have a very large collection of sopranos performing what I think are the most beautiful songs of all time. Richard Strauss composed these songs in 1948, a year before he died. The first of the four, Im Abendtrot, was set to a poem by Joseph von Eichendorff and the last three to poems by Herman Hesse. Strauss didn't live to hear these songs performed live, which adds extra poignancy to what are already almost unbearably poignant musical statements. Being in a band with a rather idiosyncratic lead singer, my preference for Elizabeth Schwartzkopf's 1966 recording is due to her being the most idiosyncratic of all the singers who have attempted to sing these works. On some objective level, there are better singers (probably Gundula Janowitz in 1973 with von Karajan conducting) but for sheer heart-wrenching feeling, Schwartzkopf kicks ass. I now listen to fewer and fewer pieces of music but played more repeatedly. I obsessively listen to Sister Ray by The Velvet Underground and Sketches Of Spain by Miles Davis. Likewise, I've heard these Strauss songs so many times that they are now as catchy to me as any Chinn and Chapman ditty from the '70s. They're no longer high brow. They're no longer in German. They're no longer post-war. They are, simply, the last four songs that anybody needs to hear."



Related article
Musicshelf (2009)

MTV Hive

MTV Hive (September 11, 2012)

A Flocculent Situation: The Pros and Cons of Growing Rock-Inspired Facial Hair



I can think of only one rock guy who’s ever tried to bring back the toothbrush stache. Ron Mael, the keyboardist for L.A. electronic-pop duo Sparks. When he and his brother played “Top of the Pops” in 1974, it freaked out a lot of people, including former Beatle and facial hair trailblazer John Lennon, who purportedly exclaimed “Christ, they’ve got Hitler on the telly!” According to the band’s website, there were 3000 articles written about them between 1974 and 1975, and only two didn’t mention Adolf Hitler. Which is arguably not a good thing, regardless of how “punk” you’re trying to appear...


96.9 JACK FM

96.9 JACK FM (November 5, 2012)

Ten Fantastic Rock and Roll Moustaches for Movember!


6. “Sparks” keyboardist Ron Mael. Sparks – glam rock group from the 70s (still touring today mind you!) had two highly photogenic permanent members – lead singer Russel Mael and his brother Ron, notable for his steely gaze and odd moustache

Ron's keyboard

By the way, Ron's keyboard was changed to Motif XF8. (probably)
I looked over the photos again, it seems he was already using the new keyboard at Bush Hall.


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Happy Birthday

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By Chris Boland


HAPPY BIRTHDAY RON!!


I hope this year brings you lots of happiness.

With love and gratitude.


They Look Like Him

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Virus Alert



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