Quilter - Sitar
The original Optigan owner's manual tantalizingly lists sitar as one of its many featured instruments, but in fact no sitar sounds ever appeared on either an Optigan disc or even the original studio master tapes. With the first in our series of One Finger Composer discs, Optigan.com makes good on this long neglected promise.
Indian classical music consists of melody and rhythm in counterpoint, accompanied by drone (i.e., no Western style chords or harmonic motion). With Sitar, the various drones are put on the SFX tabs, tabla loops on the chord buttons, and 37 different sitar riffs (played in raga Todi) on the keys. Given the way the Optigan's sounds constantly loop in sync with each other, this allows for an endless recombination of sitar riffs.