Diamond Rings, aka John O' Regan, was a long way from Toronto when he stepped into the Moog Sound Lab, but he made himself right at home reshaping “Runaway Love” off of 2012’s Free Dimensional. The androgynous glam star strays away from the up-tempo, euphoric dance cuts heard on his recent full-length to give way to an organic sound that is both raw and dreamy, thanks to an arsenal of Moog synthesizers.
O’Regan carries the song’s lead on a Moog Guitar played through an MF-104M Analog Delay.
Keyboardist Karl Skene does double duty commanding melodic lines from a Moog Little Phatty while using a Minimoog Voyager for ambient modulated sounds. Skene used Ableton Live software to trigger programmed bass lines from the Voyager stationed in front of guitarist Graham Van Pelt, who also played Moog Guitar through an MF-102 Ring Modulator, creating an expressive tremolo effect.
Greg Santilly laid down the drums, using a Trap Kat drum controller to trigger 100% analog percussion from 3 Minimoog Voyager RMEs.
Diamond Rings reworks Runaway Love into something completely new while keeping the heart and soul of the original song.
John O'Regan and Karl Skene dialing in Sounds on the Minimoog Voyager
Karl Skene with his twin synthesizer set up.