The Mellotron is a behemoth of a musical instrument that originated and lead the way to, well, basically most of today’s modern music being the first ever ‘analog sampler’. Of course it beats the crap out of any sampler we have nowadays because a/ it’s old school and vintage, and all that is old school vintage beats the crap out of anything that isn’t, and b/ mostly because it’s built as a tape relay keyboard, meaning that “under every key is a length of magnetic tape that is moved past a playback head whenever that key is pressed”, meaning that the ‘sampler keyboard’ perfectly respects a reproduced-musical-element’s attack and decay characteristics, something most semi-pro virtual samplers and expanders of today care less about then the sleek designs of their interfaces.
Anywho, can’t wait to see this documentary in full – you can see the trailer bellow:
Jon Alderman over at Rhizome, a wonderful place “dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology”, posted an interesting interview with Dianna.
I uploaded the picture above for the purpose of not being the only one to feel feeble minded today:)
Bark, mruff, woof woof.