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CX5M Demos

by Jack Hertz

Storm Chords 04:41
Harmonix 01:42
Long Waves 01:12
Asian Sketch 01:20
City Views 02:46
Piano Drones 03:17
Pluck Thump 00:54
Happy Beats 01:42


With everyone wanting a Synclavier for $200,000. Yamaha created an affordable music system that retailed for only $500. Introduced in 1984, the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer was an actual home computer combined with a built-in 4-OP FM synthesizer module, sound editors and sequencer. As Yamaha's own promotion put it:

"The CX5M is a computer. But certainly not an ordinary computer. It has been designed specifically to be used by musicians, composers and arrangers. both amateur and professional, to produce music in ways that were never before possible."

Unfortunately, a QWERTY keyboard and TV monitor had no place in the studios in 1984, but it got my attention with all it had to offer for how little I had to spend. This album is a document of my first works with the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer. The unreleased tracks were composed exclusively on the CX5M between 1984 and 1985. Originally recorded on 4-track cassettes, these primitive recordings reflect the sound of an exciting time in music history when people began to compose with computers at home.

You can learn more about the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer at - encyclotronic.com/synthesizers/yamaha/yamaha-cx5m-music-computer-r1118/


released February 11, 2020

NOTE - These recordings were transferred from the original analog masters, distortion, crackling, hiss and other sonic issues inherent to the medium may be heard.

Jack Hertz - Programming, Composition and Production.

Jack Hertz has been composing and recording for more than 30 years. He is fascinated by all aspects of creating sound. From the earliest instruments to the present day hardware and software innovations. More at JackHertz.com

Aural Films is an online record label (netlabel) that releases high-quality soundtrack albums for movies that do not exist. We cover a wide range of music styles ranging from ambient to experimental to popular to soundtrack musics. Often on the same albums. You can find our complete catalog of releases online at AuralFilms.com

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