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 Post subject: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
PostPosted: Mar Thu 19, 2020 12:07 am 
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worth watching !
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/03/81132951 ... sk-concert

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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
PostPosted: Mar Thu 19, 2020 12:23 am 
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Wild!

NPR at it again with avant garde... re-vived, or some of the sound, regurgitated!

Wish I was more of a musician rather than a musical instrument collector...

Tape loops, huh? Could this be where all retired Craigs 8-tracks go?

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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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The Moody Blues used a Mellotron. A fascinating instrument. I have an affinity for slightly different music/instruments. I can point back to my fascination with the Moog Synthesizer that started it. One of my favorite string instruments is the Harp Guitar.
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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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Very cool indeed, but unfortunately only John Medeski is using a real original (electromechanical) Mellotron. All other musicians are playing on a modern reincarnation which is a dedicated digital sampler (sample player) containing samples taken from the original Mellotron Library. If you don't like digital emulations Streetly Electronics are back into business and will be pleased to build you an improved replica of the original beast for a meagre 8,000£ (plus VAT).

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/st ... tron-m4000


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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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Chas wrote:
Wild!

NPR at it again with avant garde... re-vived, or some of the sound, regurgitated!

Wish I was more of a musician rather than a musical instrument collector...

Tape loops, huh? Could this be where all retired Craigs 8-tracks go?

Chas


There were no tape loops in the Mellotron: each note was recorded separately in full and the duration limited by the tape section length (about 8 sec.) , then the sound stopped abruptly. Actually, there was a similar instrument using 8-track cartridges loops: the ill-fated BIROTRON. Financed by keyboard-wizzard Rick Wakeman it was a complete commercial failure and only a few pieces were produced. It can be heard on some YES and R.W albums. Surviving exemplars are extremely rare today.


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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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The PBS show that Paul McCartney did several years back called Chaos and Creation in the Backyard had a mellotron. Paul demonstrated it and they used one several times in the Beatles records, one example was Strawberry Fields.


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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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The PBS show that Paul McCartney did several years back called Chaos and Creation in the Backyard had a mellotron. Paul demonstrated it and they used one several times in the Beatles records, one example was Strawberry Fields.


Funny you should say that because I just watched a BBC documentary last night (Sgt Pepper's Musical Revolution with Howard Goodall) and it brings up the mellotron and the first song discussed is Strawberry Fields. Its a fascinating watch giving an insight to not only the background of the songs but also the techniques they used in the studio with the tape to get the desired result on the album.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6t7y04

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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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Very interesting! Thanks for posting. The original is a rather temperamental instrument. If it was in a cold truck, it would have to adjust to room room temperature for several hours after it was put on stage. I think that Robert Fripp once famously said, "Tuning a Mellotron, doesn't".

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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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Here's a link to a Mellotron workshop that was given some years ago: https://www.thegatherings.org/workshop1204.html

Also has links to other sites about the instrument.

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 Post subject: Re: the Mellotron on NPR's Tiny Desk !
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Groovy! :lol:

Talk about using analog tricks.
The Beatles used analog tricks like that on tape.

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