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Re: [ARSCLIST] new Les Paul doc on PBS - July 11
The program was outstanding. While Tom is correct, it is, however,
important not to diminish Les Paul's accomplishments both as a musician
AND inventor. The portability of his "modified" recorder allowed use of
different architectual spaces to augment both instruments (voice &
guitar) and microphone pick up, a technique that I thought was pure
genius. I also enjoyed his rail road guitar. Such a creative human being.
Have any of you ever played a "Les Paul" guitar??? Sweet.
I've also been blessed with having had the opportunity to hear him play
live. Saw him in a small club on a Monday night in NYC about 15 years
ago. The man is a guitar GOD. It's a privilege to share the planet him.
Klara Foeller, Curator
Moving Image & Sound Collections
Missouri Historical Society
Tom Fine wrote:
Beware the legend/myth amplification factor -- based on their teaser,
PBS did little or no fact-checking. Les Paul did not "invent"
multi-tracking or over-dubbing as he's claimed over the years. ARSC
Journal published the first-hand history of how the Ampex 300 8-track
Sel-Sync "Octopus" came to be (see the article by Ross Snyder, ARSC
"Overdubbing" (ie laying recorded sound on top of recorded sound or
live sound played with recorded sound) goes back to the disk and
optical film eras long before magnetic tape. And "multi-track"
recording and mixing goes to the earliest days of optical sound in
Hollywood (ie rooms of dubbers, carrying various dialog, music and SFX
mixed to a final soundtrack). Furthermore, a musician playing many
parts by himself goes back at least to Sidney Bechet "The Sheik of
Araby", "Sidney Bechet's One Man Band", Bechet recorded over and over
on different wax, overdubbing himself on clarinet ,soprano sax, tenor
sax, piano, bass, and drums. Recorded in New York; April 18, 1941.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Ramm" <Stevramm@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:14 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] new Les Paul doc on PBS - July 11
In a message dated 7/6/2007 10:16:33 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
"Les Paul - Chasing Sound", a new documentary on the life of Les
its TV debut on PBS - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 9pm (ET), part of
"American Masters" series. See here for more info:
Will be released on DVD in August with Bonus Footage - Coming from
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