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Re: Mellotron -
Title: Re: Mellotron -
At 12:35 AM -0700 10/30/04, samba * wrote:
Alot of people assert that everyone who
that got their hands on a tape machine in the early 60s looped it,but
there is pretty clear evidence showing that a single person invented
it ,and that further developments spread from the RadioTelevision
France where he worked ,and had the first multitrack tape
Louis and Bebe Barron were looping with tape in the late 1940s.
They came upon the technique independently, though they were in
correspondence with Schaeffer later on.
Terry Riley and Jon Hassell both "invented" looping for
themselves in the late 1950s. The RTF engineer who worked with Terry
was responsible for the dual-deck technique that Terry then dubbed the
"time-lag accumulator." This was later adopted by Brian Eno
(among many others) and re-named "Frippertronics" by Robert
Any discussion of specialized loop players should also include
the work of Hugh LeCaine, who invented several such instruments in the
1950s and 1960s.
Richard Zvonar, PhD