I am not very happy with YouTube although I can reach more people with my YouTube videos than here on my own site.
Why I am not happy? Because on YouTube my music does not sound how it should. YouTube has removed the possibility to play my music in stereo and I don't like that.
Even the tricks people used to bypass the YouTube filters, so

stereo-sound could exist on YouTube, are not working anymore.
Although I will still post my videos on YouTube, I will give links to this page with the JW WMV-player for a much better quality. The videos look better and the music is stereo.


"LEPUS", composed by Herco de Boer

This song was written by me as early as 1980 and performed with my Wersi Organ on a four track TEAC machine with many overdubs. You can find this version on THIS PAGE.
Here you can also see that the name has little to do with hares (Lepus = Hare) but with the constellation. I named several tunes after constellations, like Orion, Orionis and Cygnus. Because of the nature of the music I decided to call this one after the The Hare, Lepus.

Later I played it with the John Evers Band, but in a totally different style. 
You can find it on THIS PAGE.

I already played it on my PSR-3000, but I decided to make an orchestral arrangement which took me more time than I had anticipated. It still isn't exactly how I want it, but I decided it was good enough.

I totally messed up the improvisation of the second part on take one, so I decided to do another take. So I played it twice.  In both takes I wasn't happy about the improvisations, but decided to take the first half of the first take and the second half of the second take.

The video was made with Ulead VideoStudio 11 and I used all kinds of pictures and two videos I took from the internet.  My video is also on YouTube where you will also find the two videos I used almost entirely. They are very funny though I don't think they are hares, but wild bunnies. Well never mind. 
Of course you also see the the constellation Lepus surrounded by Canis Major (a dog) and Orion (the Hunter). You also see some of the natural enemies of the hare.


This third version comes closer to the first version because on my Yamaha PSR-3000 I use the style "Brazillian Samba" which I edited with the voices I wanted to use. On the Wersi Organ I used a similar rhythm.
As always my aim is to be able to play it live so I had to use the Multipads again as sequencers.
I start with under the registration memory button the "Braz. Samba E" style and the "Samba Perc EDIT" Multipad.

As soon as I start playing (Intro 2)  I press multipads (MP) 1, 2 and 4. After two bars I press MP 3.
They are playing during the whole first part of the song (about 50 bars). Actually MP3 is the original pad of the Samba Perc multipad. MP1: Saxes (left) MP2: Trumpets (mid) and MP4: Trombones (right). 

    PART 1:
There is little to tell about it, except that the melody is played by Flute + Grand Piano voices accompanied by Variation 1 of the style. There is a break and repeat of the melody and then a bridge to the first improvisation. For the bridge I use variation 4.
The improvisation that follows (two times the melody) is played with the Nylon Guitar voice and variation 2. The improvisation ends with four times the same sequence during which the "orchestra" is building up to a break.

Now this break is in fact the same as the INTRO, but before the break I pressed another Registration, consisting of a second edit of the Brazillian Samba style (Braz. Samba E2) and a different Multipad (Samba Perc EDT2). As soon as Intro2 playes I have to stop MP3 and after two bars start MP2. This MP2 is not the original one, but actually MP2 plus MP3 of the original  Samba Perc. Multipad. So I had MP1, 3 and 4 free for the saxes, trumpets and trombones. They play untill they end (about 56 bars).

    PART 2:
After the break (intro 2) variation 1 of the Brazillian Samba, the melody is played twice (with some variation) and the orchestra accompanies with different lines than in part 1.
Then again the bridge, but this time it leads to another melody, played by the saxes. This is not the multipad voice, but is played by me with variation 3 of the style. The voices here are the Sweet! Tenor Sax plus the Live! SaxSextion. 
I play that bit two times. the break in between is Intro 1 and a funny bit played by the multipad trumpets and trombones. Actually the voices of the pads change there so you also here the flutes there.
After this I improvise two rounds with the piano voice (variation 1).

After I hit the Break key there are again the four bars you also hear at the end of Part 1, and here also the orchestra builds up. But the parts are different now. After 4 rounds I press the Break key again and Ending 1.

"Waterman", composed by Pieter Goemans

This song performed by the Hearts of Soul was the Dutch entry for the Eurovision Songcontest 1970. I found a video of the performance on YouTube and decided to arrange the song.
For the video I used the video and downloaded from internet some pictures regarding "Waterman", the dutch word for the Zodiac sign "Aquarius".

I play it on the Yamaha PSR-3000. 
The multipads were live recorded and only edited for volume and panning.

I used 2 sets of Multipads (MP), linked to 3 Registration memories (RM)
I start with RM1. The style 16BeatBallad was used, but with different instrument voices.
After the highhat (intro1) it goes to variation 4, which I use as the actual song intro.
On the first beat of my intro I press 3 MPs at once (1,2,4), with the instruments: strings (only intro), oboe (first verse and refrain) and flute (plays until the end of the song).
    VERSE 1:
The verse is variation 2 (with auto fill-in).
The refrain is variation 4 again.
Halfway the refrain I press the fourth multipad (MP3, saxophones) and auto-fill-in of variation 4. After the refrain I go back to variation 2 (on beat 2), then RM2 using the same style, but with a little change in instrument voices (on beat 3) and the 2nd set of MPs. Then I press MP1 on beat 4, strings)
    VERSE 2:
The second verse is variation 3 with now MP 1 and 4 playing.
For the refrain I go to variation 4 and after the first measure press MP2 (muted trumpets)
Halfway the refrain I press the fourth multipad (MP3, trombones) and auto-fill-in of variation 4. Then Variation 4 auto-fill-in again, modulating (2-beat triplet) to a different key to repeat the refrain. 
4 MPs are playing along now untill the end of the song.
Halfway the refrain I press a different one-touch setting to match the instrument voices that are used in the ending. 
It ends with the Samba style at tempo 85. for which I have to press RM3, The ritenuto at the end is tricky, because I have to hold the tempo-down button and at the same time pushing the variation 4 button and Ending 1.
The muted trumpet at the end is a multipad.

"Allo Allo", composed by David Croft & Roy Moore

I always wanted to play this song, and when I came across one page of the sheet music on internet I decided to start arranging this song. I built it up slowly, because it is a nice arrangement but difficult to plan on a PSR-3000. My aim was to be able to play it live, so all the counter melodies had to be programmed into the Multipads (MP), which are not really designed for that purpose.

The style I picked for this tune is FrenchWaltz. But I edited the instruments. The tempo I use is 155 (I think it was slightly slower when I recorded it for the video). I use only two variations that are the same except for the voices. Variation 3 is accordion, variation 4 the string quartet.
The Steirisch accordion sound plays the intro without the style. While playing I start the style by pressing a silent key.  Intro 1.
After intro 1 it starts on variation 3 of the style and stays there for 32 bars. On bar 16 I turn on the left voice which is a string quartet voice. On bar 24 I add the first MP voice, only 4 bars long, also the string quartet voice with a counter melody (the same as the original tune).
The last 4 bars of this part is the tricky bit. In the melody there is a repeat, but I don't play that but MP 3 does it for me, to give me time to press the variation 4 button and next MP 2 with also the string quartet voice but down 1 octave, so it sounds like celli.
Then like the original theme tune I modulate to another key to play part B.
So now in variation 4 I play the melody with the string quartet voice and the celli of MP 2 playing the counter melody. After 8 bars the celli take over the melody, to give me time to  press variaton 3 and play the accordion (steirisch) in the background. On bar 17 of part B I have already activated Multipad 4, which is the accordion voice in the background while I play  the melody again with the string quartet voice. After 8 bars, the melody is taken over by the accordion of MP with me playing the background melody. Then I take over the melody again with the string quartet voice. and together we play towards the end.
It ends with Ending 1.