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" <[log in to unmask]>
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> 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,
>> [log in to unmask] writes:
>> "Les Paul - Chasing Sound", a new documentary on the life of Les
>> Paul, has
>> 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
>> Koch Ent.
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