[Dixielandjazz] Terminator 4 - The rise of the Orchestrions
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Mon May 24 06:48:51 PDT 2010
In a message dated 5/24/2010 9:34:15 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:
May 23, 2010 - NY TIMES - By Ben Ratliff
If Not 76 Trombones, Everything Else a One-Man Band Can Handle
Imagine a player piano. Now imagine you’re a guitarist and composer named
Pat Metheny and that you have a kind of player piano that can both play
what you’ve composed for it — not through perforated paper
but digital technology — and also replicate whatever you’re playing on
the guitar. You can also play a long phrase on the guitar and command the
piano to loop the phrase, so that you can play against the loop.
About 35 years ago, Les Paul did a show in Baird Auditorium of the
Smithsonian Institution. This was BDA (before the digital age), of course.
Les demonstrated how he made his multi-track recordings on digital tape.
He had a four-foot relay rack of equipment that he called the Les
Paulverizer, with a hefty multi-conductor cable between the rack and his
guitar. He laid down a rhythm guitar track, then pushed a button on the
guitar-mounted controller, which rewound the magnetic tape he had just recorded.
Then he added the bass line via a similar process. Then the lead.
Then some counterpoint. And so on. When he was finished, it sounded just
like one of his multi-track recordings of the 1950s. It was a very good
About five years ago, there was an excellent PBS show about Les, his
innovations, and his life. I recommend it to your viewing. Perhaps not
"OKOM," but I like to think that a lot of OKOMers like other music, as well.
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