Friday, January 29, 2010

Mellodrama: The Mellotron Documentary

While I was looking for this Moog Documentary to recommend as supplemental material for yesterday's post, I stumbled on yet another documentary that may be of interest to a Prog head like yourself (and myself).

Apparently there is a fairly new documentary that was shown in film festivals last fall all about Prog's other favourite instrument, the Mellotron. As much as I ranted and raved about the gooey analogue sound of the Moog, the Mellotron definitely has a special place in the hearts of any fan of Progressive Rock. Just play the opening of Watcher of the Skies in your head and feel your spine shiver. Ahhhhhhhh. Wow. As quoted from the film's site:

Soon, through the music of the Beatles, the Zombies, and the Moody Blues, the Mellotron became the "instant magic sound." In the 1970s, the Mellotron defined the sound of progressive rock bands like King Crimson, Roxy Music, and Genesis. Though forgotten during the 1980s, when digital synthesizers hijacked pop music, the Mellotron is today again a highly desired and sought-after device, a connection for artists like Radiohead and Kanye West to the mystical lost world of invention and possibility.

It features a whole plethora of important musical figures including Prog legands Patrick Moraz and Ian Macdonald. I'm not sure whether or not it is going to get a wider release or not (I highly doubt it) but it may be an interesting film to pick up once it comes out on DVD. The trailer is included below. Find out more at the documentary's website.

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