He began his career playing banjo and as a teenager amplified it using a phonograph needle. He was a pioneer in the development of the electric guitar, sometimes working on his own, sometimes working with the Gibson Guitar Co. He was an inventor and innovator, in both music and electronics. He influenced generations of guitarists (even those who’ve never heard of him) in many musical genres (even some he personally disliked). He had a musical partnership with his singing wife, with whom he recorded, toured, and appeared on their own television program. He sometimes performed a stage trick that involving a hidden singer backstage. He lived a long and productive musical life, both in and out of the popular mainstream, and passed away, still active, in his 90s.
He was not Les Paul
Meet Alvino Rey
, King of the Guitar
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posted by Herodios
on Sep 1, 2012 -
Dead musical instruments...
brought back to life by YouTube? Check out this mellotron demo film
, a rare trautonium
keyboard in some guy's garage, trautonium music
by composer Oskar Sala, an original Ondes Martenot
, a documentary on the telharmonium (parts 1
, and 3
), and the Sonovox
(used to funny but not-suitable-for-work effect in this parody of Sparky's Magic Piano
). Meanwhile, avant-gardists have revived the art of prepared piano
, but more mainstream acts such as Tori Amos
and Ferrante & Teicher
have also experimented with it. Last but not least, another performer of prepared piano is Margaret Leng Tan
, but I think she should get more accolades as the best virtuoso of the toy piano
since Schroeder from Peanuts.
posted by jonp72
on Jan 31, 2008 -