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A Tribute to Sal Gallina

Sal Gallina Patchman Music

Update 10/22/07: We are very sorry to report that our friend and inspiration Sal Gallina passed away October 4th, 2007. Click here for a direct link to the obituary where you can sign the guest book.

Sal Gallina Patchman MusicSAL GALLINA - "MUSIC WAS MY LIFE"

Sal Gallina, born Salvatore Angelo Gallina on June 20, 1951, formally of The Bronx, NY, died peacefully after a long illness on October 4, 2007. He resided at 146 Pine Circle, Bennington, VT 05201.

Sal graduated from the New York High School of Music and Art, the Manhattan School of Music, Julliard, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Sal was an extremely intelligent man who loved music and was known worldwide for his innovative style of music. Yamaha WX7 Patchman MusicHe was brilliant, both musically and electronically. One of his inventions- the Yamaha WX7 MIDI Wind Controller- is used in the music industry today. It is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more about wind controllers. He also loved the outdoors, exotic and classic cars, anything electronic such as remote control airplanes and loved to target shoot, especially with pellet guns.

He leaves behind his grieving family - his parents Justo and Marie (Saia) Gallina of Bennington, VT, his brother Angelo Gallina of Bennington, VT, his sister Fran Artale of Wappingers Falls, NY and his niece Dyanna Artale of Wappingers Falls, NY.

For information on the accomplishments of Sal Gallina, please go to Google or Yahoo and type-in "Sal Gallina".

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Published in the New York Times 10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007

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Sal Gallina WX7For folks interested in wind controllers, you might be interested in hearing about a fellow named Sal Gallina. Sal helped Yamaha back in the mid 1980's with the design of the first Yamaha wind controller- the Yamaha WX7 which now hangs in the Smithsonian Institute! The WX7 won industrial design awards which reflects well on its designers. Sal was originally a Lyricon player and one can certainly argue that the Lyricon appears to have had an influence in the design of the WX7.

Sal Gallina remained one of the unsung legends in the music industry. His playing was simply unique. In fact, folks have heard Sal's work without even knowing it on Grammy award winning albums, TV commercials, and top Hollywood movie soundtracks.

For over 30 years Sal pioneered the use of electronic instruments starting with his "Cromulizer" of the 1960s- the first electronic saxophone used by Sonny Rollins- to his key participation in the design and implementation of the revolutionary Yamaha WX7. Sal was noted for his experimentations with heavily modified acoustic saxophones as well. He experimented with all sorts of home-brew electronics with his acoustic saxes to achieve some very bizarre sounds.

Sal Gallina also authored the book "Expressive FM Applications" for Yamaha which was bundled with the WX7. This 104 page book was published in 1987 by Yamaha Music Foundation and Hal Leonard Publications. (ISBN 0-88188-762-5 - $19.95 U.S.) It was available for a time through the Mix Bookshelf catalog but is no longer available. The book included a data cassette containing 32 TX81Z Voices and Performances and 32 DX7II Voices designed by Sal for use with a wind controller. This one of the first products ever designed to support electronic wind controller players subsequently paving the way for others such as Matt Traum (Patchman Music) in this field. Matt went on to develop an entire library of wind controller sounds through the inspiration and work of Sal Gallina.

The "Expressive FM Applications" package originally also included audio tracks on cassette of Sal playing the WX7 and TX81Z. "Expressive FM Applications" also includes details on setting up the WX7, synth patch programming tips, and tips on using various Yamaha gear with a WX7.

Sal later worked in the field of forensic audio.

Sal will be missed.

Thank you, Sal, for your inspiration. Rest In Peace. Your legacy will live on forever.

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Expressive FM Applications Cassette Expressive FM Applications

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Music Technology Magazine - December 1987
Click here to read an excellent interview with Sal Gallina and Nyle Steiner- the designers of the WX7, EVI1000, and EWI1000 (4 pages).

Aftertouch Magazine - June 1987
"WX7 Sound Sheet" This article discusses the production of the included sound sheet demo recording of Sal Gallina playing the WX7. 1 page. See below for the text from this article.

Electronic Musician Magazine - February 1987
Contains a soundsheet recording of Sal Gallina playing a WX7. Scroll down to hear these recordings.

Electronic Musician Magazine - May 1988
Yamaha WX7 review. 5 pages. Includes a small article on Sal Gallina.

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Sal Gallina performed and recorded with many artists including...

Mike + the Mechanics - "The Living Years"

Kenny G - "Duotones" - Sal Gallina is credited for playing "Digital wind controller". Also "Violins, French horns and string sounds on 'Don't Make me Wait' played by Sal Gallina and violins on 'Esther' played by Kenny G on the Digital Wind Controller."

Kenny G - "Gravity"

Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places"

Barbara Mason - "I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife"

Mo Foster - "Bel Assis"

Roger Sause

John Raymond

Kenny McDougald

Yogi Horton

Tony Gable

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Thanks to the internet, you can now listen to some of Sal's wonderful wind controller work. Click the links below to download quality MP3 versions of these audio tracks from the WX7 MIDI Wind Controller Demonstration Soundsheet that was used by Yamaha to help promote the WX7 back in 1987. Note that these sounds were created on what many now consider rather outdated FM synths and a basic digital effects processor. You will hear how amazingly realistic and expressive a simple FM synth can sound when played properly by a skilled wind controller player such as Sal Gallina. Also note that on track 10 and track 12 he is using the very cool sustain feature of the WX to play and control two voices in realtime! Amazing!

The following is from the June 1987 Aftertouch Magazine...

Sal Gallina Audio songs WX7 Yamaha WX7 Sound SheetWX7 Sound Sheet

An Introduction To The Attached Evatone Sound Sheet, Featuring Yamaha's New MIDI Wind Controller. By Tom Darter.

This month, the Sound Sheet is a musical introduction to Yamaha's exciting new WX7 MIDI Wind Controller, featuring compositions and performances by Sal Gallina. Sal is a top New York studio musician who has worked with a number of artists on such labels as RCA, CBS, Polygram, Arista, and Capitol.

Side 1 of the Sound Sheet displays the expressive power of the WX7 in a series of solo voice performances. Except where noted, the tone generator used was a Yamaha TX81Z.

 1) E. Guitar
 2) Power 01
 3) Violin
 4) Flute 01
 5) A. Guitar
 6) Clarinet
 7) A. Bass 01 (DX7II)
 8) E. Bass 01 (DX7II)
 9) Sax 01
10) Strings

Side 2 of the Sound Sheet features two Sal Gallina compositions, "Rock 1" and "Orchestral 1."

"Rock 1" was created in the studio with tape overdubs. On the first pass, the drum part (generated by an RX5) was recorded, along with the "rhythm guitar" part. Actually, the rhythm guitar part is the WX7 controlling a TX81Z with the "Power 01" patch. On the second pass, Sal added the "bass," which was again the WX7, this time controlling a DX7II with the "E. Bass 02" patch. On the third and final pass, Sal recorded the "lead guitar"-WX7 controlling a TX81Z with the "E. Guitar" patch.

"Orchestral 1" was created in real time, with no overdubs. Sal used various Strings voicings on the TX81Z, with pitch shifts and other effects used to create complex voicings. In addition, he made use of the WX7's "sustain" feature: To begin with, 4 string voices were assigned to MIDI channel 1, and the other 4 were assigned to MIDI channel 2. Sal began by playing on channel 2, and then engaged the "sustain." While the notes on MIDI channel 2 were sustaining, he switched to MIDI channel 1 and played the other 4 string voices in real time.

Both an SPX90 and a REV7 were used throughout the recording- the REV7 for reverb, and the SPX90 for delay, flanging, pitch shift, and other signal processing effects.

For those who are interested in more information on the WX7, Sal Gallina has written a book: Expressive FM Applications. The book is being published by the Yamaha Music Foundation, and will be included with your WX7. It will also be available in the fall at your local book store or Yamaha music dealer. The 86-page book will come complete with a demonstration cassette (which will be new material, not a duplicate of the Sound Sheet in this issue), as well as complete voice data and special effects setups for all the material on the cassette. In all, there will be data for 32 TX81Z voices and 32 DX7II voices.

WX7 Sound Sheet Label 1

1 E Guitar.mp3 (500k)
2 Power 1.mp3 (400k)
3 Violin.mp3 (350k)
4 Flute1.mp3 (410k)
5 A Guitar.mp3 (520k)
6 Clarinet.mp3 (460k)
7 A Bass 1 (DX7).mp3 (380k)
8 E Bass 1 (DX7).mp3 (180k)
9 Sax 1.mp3 (410k)
10 Strings.mp3 (740k)

WX7 Sound Sheet Label 2

11 Rock 1.mp3 (2.1megs)
12 Orchestral 1.mp3 (2.2megs)

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Thanks to Mark Casey for forwarding these cool demos that Sal did with the BitHeadz Unity software sampler. (I don't know what samples were used). From the BitHeadz promo material...

"The Unity banks on this CD are the same ones that Sal used to create the AIFF examples derived from Unity's own stock program Banks. The exception is the Clarinet which Sal has had around the house for years. All of Sal's banks are designed and optimized for a wind controller and will not work from a standard keyboard unless you also have a breath controller attached."

Sal Gallina WX7 Audio Songs Music Demos TX81z Clarinet.mp3 (108k)
Sal Gallina WX7 Audio Songs Music Demos TX81z EGtr.mp3 (208k)
Sal Gallina WX7 Audio Songs Music Demos TX81z EnglishHorn.mp3 (204k)
Sal Gallina WX7 Audio Songs Music Demos TX81z Flute.mp3 (128K)
Sal Gallina WX7 Audio Songs Music Demos TX81z NylonGtr.mp3 (144k)
Sal Gallina WX7 Audio Songs Music Demos TX81z Strings.mp3 (290k)
Sal Gallina WX7 Audio Songs Music Demos TX81z StringsSolo.mp3 (396k)

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