Introducing the Mellotron: A Groovy 1965 Demonstration of the “Musical Computer” Used by The Beatles, Moody Blues & Other Psychedelic Pop Artists
6 monthes ago - By Open Culture
With a name like a laid back 60s robot, the Mellotron has been most closely associated with psychedelic pop like The Beatles' “Strawberry Fields Forever,” the Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin,” and David Bowie's “Space Oddity.” But the early sampling keyboard, an electro-acoustic device that used pre-recorded tape strips mounted inside an organ-like keyboard, was first marketed, Gordon Reid writes at Sound on Sound , to “old-time/modern/Latin dance audiences.” It was supposed to convincingly replicate an orchestra.
The Mellotron, built and sold by Mellotronics, Ltd., was based on an...
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