He says he listens to the radio constantly, and whenever he travels, he picks up new sounds. In the song "Big Brother," like James Brown and Sly Stone before him, Wonder combined socially aware lyrics with music to create a brand-new funk.
And for the first time, he used an instrument from West Africa. Stevie Wonder's Talking Book was released on Talking Book marked the arrival of artist as one-man band in popular music. But Stevie Wonder got a little help from a new electronic device called a Moog synthesizer, an electric device designed to emulate almost any musical sound. He says, "I felt that the Moog synthesizer enabled me to reshape the oscillator, having control of the ataxias and sustained release.
I was able to really create various sounds, bass sounds and was able to bend notes the way that I heard them being bent, create different sounds of horns, string sounds and string lines and really arrange them in the way that I felt I wanted them to sound. While Talking Book is entirely self-produced, some of the songs were co-written with singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright, Wonder's wife from And when I was younger, maybe I fell in love a lot.
Surprisingly, Wright's honeyed voice is heard nowhere on Talking Book. Perhaps her greatest contribution to the album is as a sweet inspiration for the perennial wedding classic, "You and I.
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