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Friday, August 14, 2009

Clip Shows Les Paul Inventing Modern Music


Les Paul died yesterday, as you probably know. Not only did he design the first commercially successful soldibody electric (made in my hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich. until Gibson abandoned us in 1984), he invented multi-track recording. Instead of just recording music, he used recording processes in making sound that musicians couldn't do alone.

You could blame him for over-produced Auto-Tuned crap, but that would be like blaming the inventor of gunpowder for Hiroshima.

Above a 1953 clip of Paul and Mary Ford astounding Allstair Cooke with magnetic tape.