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Grab that buttered popcorn and Juicy Fruit and curl up with the one you love and watch the award winning 2009 documentary classic


"Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie"


Released on DVD Last Week.



Surprisingly fascinating. Philadelphia Weekly


A study in the unpredictability of innovation. Rhizome


An insiders view on the history of the Chamberlin and the Mellotron, which isnt always pretty. Echoes


The Mellotron stays cool. Brian Wilson


This is where sampling started. Jon Brion


Mellodrama explores the five-decades-long rise and fall of the Chamberlin and its better-known successor the Mellotronthe first musical keyboards to play the prerecorded sounds of other instruments. Essentially the first sampler, its haunting sound has changed the production and texture of popular music, from the Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever and the Moody Blues Nights in White Satin, to Radioheads OK Computer and Kanye Wests Gold Digger.


Featuring Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues, Ian McDonald of King Crimson, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, famed L.A. producer Jon Brion, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, singer-songwriter Michael Penn, author Brian Kehew, (Recording the Beatles), as well as members of Opeth, Bigelf, Maroon 5, and former employees of the Mellotron and Chamberlin companies. While the musicians tell their tales, the engineers and experts deliver the gear porn by taking you inside the captivating contraption.


Mellodrama screened at over a dozen festivals throughout the world in 2009, including the CMJ Film Festival in New York, Buenos Aires Film Festival, Documenta Madrid, Portobello Film Festival in London, Atlantic Film Festival in Canada, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Tucson Film and Music Festival, and was specially programmed by Stephen OMalley of Sunn 0))) at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival in Switzerland.





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I suspect that the resulting divorce might have a detrimental effect on my future ability to relieve GAS...


I once came close just by playing my "World of Motif XS" DVD on the "inside" TV!

Studio: Yamaha P515 | Yamaha Tyros 5 | Yamaha HX1 | Moog Sub 37

Road: Yamaha YC88 | Nord Electro 5D

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