Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Beatles :: Flutes :: Strawberry Fields Forever

Perhaps most distinctive of all was the instrument (played by McCartney) that produced the flute-like sound in the song's introduction -- a Mellotron, the innovative British-made electronic keyboard which used eight second tape-loops of real instruments such as flutes and strings for each key. The Beatles were one of the first rock bands to acquire a Mellotron and "Strawberry Fields Forever" is believed to be the first use of the instrument on a pop recording.

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2 Comments:

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't it a chamberlain??

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCartney doing a demo of the Mellotron (including the "Strawberry Fileds Forever" bit): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUcfB5Whp4I

Also the full hour-long show is also on YouTube.

 

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