Skinny Puppy Vivisect VI Synth Set Up

In my own opinion Skinny Puppy’s album Vivisect VI and the tour that went with it was the pinacle of their career. I saw that live show and have a jacked covered in fake blood to prove it. What you see above is a diagram CEvin Key posted on his Facebook page (link). It was used to set up their synths including Akai S900, Ensoniq ESQ-1, Emax, Moog, SPX90, Pro-1, Mirage and a Roland TR-808. What a nice find.

“This is the only Skinny Puppy album on which Dave Ogilvie (credited as “Rave”) is given songwriting credit and listed as an official member of the band. This was also the only album (until 2004’s The Greater Wrong of the Right) to feature a photo of the band.” – Wikipedia

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8 thoughts on “Skinny Puppy Vivisect VI Synth Set Up”

  1. I missed that tour unfortunately, just a wee bit too young to escape for it. I sure remember when they came through on it though. I wasn’t into them yet but many of my buddies were. I loved especially loved their look at that time, still do, just awesome. Anyway, after the show a bunch of my friends were convinced Ogre had been killed in the show. Their descriptions of other “occurrences” in the show made it clear there was no point arguing. Point is I started listening soon after and never missed a show after that. While never convinced anyone died the shows were certainly filled with… “occurrences”.

    I’ve seen them in the midwest in the middle of a tour and on the east coast at the beginning. The middle of a tour is better, they seemed to have built up improvisations as they toured. The early part was much, much tighter. I liked the looser craziness.

    Still, I agree this was the top, but there is so much good material. Cleanse Fold Manipulate, my god even the phrase is awesome. Last Call may be my favorite track, I just love the synths in that one.

  2. Agreed, that album was intense and their best…i loved VX Gas Attack. Honestly, i can’t remember if it was this tour or the one for Rabies that i saw in Hotlanta back when i was in art school in Savannah. I do remember after the show my ears rang for days, i was concerned it was gonna be permament.

  3. Saw Too Dark Park tour – which was great fun, but yeah – I thought Vivisect VI and Rabies were amazing albums! Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE dark eerie synths/sounds.

    At the height of my gear-lust I (also) had an Emax, ESQ/M (I LOVED THAT MACHINE!), TR808 and SPX90. ;-P

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