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The Truth In Me - Roger O'Donnell

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The Truth in Me is the first released solo album from former Cure keyboardist Roger O'Donnell. It was recorded in Devon, England using only the Minimoog Voyager synthesizer as a sound source, plus vocals by Erin Lang. MIDI and audio were captured in the software program Digital Performer. Mixing was done at Uphon Studios in Germany and mastered at The Exchange in London.

"This record “The Truth in Me” is very important to me. I have re-found the passion in music and this is what it means to me, this record. I have no control over it, it just comes and as such is the truth in me, musically. It's everything I have become as a musician. When I became a musician I had a lot of dreams and a lot of them have been lost along the way but making this record and for people to like it would be incredible for me. I have spent all of my career standing behind somebody else, letting somebody else decide what I was to play, making their dreams come true. This is my time and I won't compromise it. It’s a very personal thing that I want to share with everyone that will give me the time to listen to it."

Following inclusion of the song "Another Year Away" on the Moog Documentary Soundtrack, O'Donnell was encouraged by one of the producers of the film to do an entire album orchestrated with a Minimoog Voyager. Because O'Donnell had enjoyed working with it on the soundtrack, the idea appealed to him: "My initial idea [for the soundtrack] was to try and write a song and record it using only a Moog and that's what happened. I knew from my early days that I could orchestrate using mono analogue synths so in a way I was revisiting my roots. In those days you had no choice - there weren’t any samplers around, so if you wanted a bass or strings you synthesized them."

Because O'Donnell was in The Cure at the time, this idea of doing more songs in this fashion made sense: "At the time I was in a band, so why try and recreate a band if I could do it on my own? I was also inspired by Björk's use of a single instrument, the voice, on her record Medúlla. I also found the Voyager really easy to work with and thought that maybe I had found my own voice and could do something that was entirely original."

Although O'Donnell had many vintage synthesizers at his disposal, he found the Voyager most comfortable. "It's stable, it sounds incredible, it's so powerful, and I know how to use it. I have a good understanding of subtractive analogue synthesis and I know how it makes the sounds. I feel at one with it." Further praising the instrument, Roger said he was drawn to "its sound and usability, the ergonomics and human interface... the gravitas of the name and its place in music history."

Although O'Donnell played drum-type sounds on the record he says he wasn't inspired by any particular drummer in creating these rhythmic parts, quipping, "I try never to think like a drummer."

Track Listings:
    1 My Days 3:41
    2 For The Truth In You 4:17
    3 The Truth In Me 5:21
    4 Not Without You 3:32
    5 He Sent You Angels 9:19
    6 Treasure 3:42
    7 This Is A Story 6:44
    8 This Grey Morning 4:41
    9 Tired Of All This 3:45
    10 ...And So I Closed My Eyes 14:05
Artist Name(s):
Roger O'Donnell, Erin Lang
Roger O'Donnell
Release Year: 2006
Ambient, Experimental
Album Type:
Compact Disc
Cover & Packge Design:
Ian Wright, Line Andersen, Martin
Studio Name:
The Pear Tree Studio, Uphon Tonstudio
Mastering: Guy Davie
Engineer(s): Mario Thaler
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Great Society Recordings
Catalog Number(s):
Devon, England
Editions / Reissues
  1. 2-44455 US 2006
  2. 2-4445J Japan 2007
  3. 99X/10 Records 99X0055 UK 2006
Synthesizers Used
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