From a California workshop to Royal Albert Hall,Mellodramatells the story of an ingenious contraption called the Mellotron.Ships today with FREE bonus Mellodrama: The Mellotron Musicsoundtrack CD featuring Mattias Olsson, Harry Chamberlin, Brian Kehew, Michael Penn, Patrick Warren, Johnny Largo, Dave Biro, and Bigelf.
“The Mellotron stays cool.”—Brian Wilson
NTSC DVD * Region 0 * deluxe digipak • UPC 705105476964 • 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,Mellodramatells 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’sOK Computerand 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 • Bigelfplus: Fabio Frizzi • Jon Brion • Michael Penn • Matthew Sweet • Woody Jackson • Zac Rae • Patrick Warren