From a California workshop to Royal Albert Hall, Mellodrama tells the story of an ingenious contraption called the Mellotron.
Ships today with FREE bonus Mellodrama: The Mellotron Music soundtrack CD featuring Mattias Olsson, Harry Chamberlin, Brian Kehew, Michael Penn, Patrick Warren, Johnny Largo, Dave Biro, and Bigelf.
NTSC DVD * Region 0 * deluxe digipak
Running time: 80 mins. + sixteen DVD bonus shorts
Includes 8-page booklet with essay by Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues; Mellotron and Chamberlin production timelines; and more.
Mellodrama, a documentary by Dianna Dilworth, explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Chamberlin and its better-known successor the Mellotron—the first musical keyboards to play the pre-recorded sounds of other instruments.
From a California workshop to Royal Albert Hall, Mellodrama tells the story of an ingenious contraption called the Mellotron. Essentially the first sampling instrument, 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 Radiohead’s OK Computer and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.”
featuring members from: The Beach Boys • The Moody Blues • The Zombies • King Crimson • Yes • Cheap Trick • Black Sabbath • Genesis • Refugee • Opeth • Latin Playboys • Goblin • Maroon 5 • Moog Cookbook • Änglagård • Optiganally Yours • Bigelf
plus: Fabio Frizzi • Jon Brion • Michael Penn • Matthew Sweet • Woody Jackson • Zac Rae • Patrick Warren
DVD ships today with Mellodrama: The Mellotron Music original movie soundtrack CD, featuring recordings from the Chamberlin Archives and the Optigan Archives, along with tracks featuring the Chamberlin or the Mellotron from Michael Penn, Patrick Warren, Brian Kehew, Mattias Olsson, Dave Biro, and Bigelf.
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