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Mellodrama the Mellotron Story

Mellodrama the Mellotron Story

Author: Dilworth Dianna
$49.95(AUD)  inc GST

Mellodrama explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Mellotron and the Chamberlin - the first musical keyboards to 'sample' the sounds of other instruments. The story begins when Harry Chamberlin recorded musicians from the Lawrence Welk Orchestra to create sound banks for the machine he built in his California garage in the 1950s, then follows the waves through swinging 1960s London, the epic pomp of 1970s progressive rockers, the death at the hands of synthesizers in the 1980s, leading to the rediscovery in 1990s and 2000s as a prized vintage keyboard.


Praise for "Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie"

"If you're interested in the history of electronic musical instruments, "Mellodrama" is not to be missed." --"Electronic Musician"

""Mellodrama" is easily one of the most entertaining, informative, and educational music documentaries I have seen in ages."

." . . the insight it gives into the development, the rise, fall and partial rise again of the Chamberlin and Mellotron make this essential viewing." --Planet Mellotron

"Surprisingly fascinating." --"Philadelphia Weekly"

"A study in the unpredictability of innovation." --Rhizome

"Fascinating . . . and full of interesting details" --The Best of NAMM 2010,

"A fascinating story that does in fact contain elements of drama." --The Wire

"An insider's view of the history of the Chamberlin and the Mellotron, which isn't always pretty." --Echoes

"This is where sampling started." --Jon Brion

"The Mellotron stays cool." --Brian Wilson
Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781935950080
  • : Bazillion Points
  • : Bazillion Points
  • : December 2013
  • : 241mm X 178mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dilworth Dianna
  • : Hardback
  • : 352