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Electromotive: The Story of ARP Instruments

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In 1969 Alan Robert Pearlman founded Tonus Inc with goal of building a synthesizer. From a small building Kenneth Street, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts a handful of engineers designed the ARP Electronic Music Synthesizer and unveiled it the world in 1970.

Over the next decade their synthesizers were immortalised in the music of many of the greatest artists, film composers and sound designers of the 1970s and played a significant part in defining the sound of the era. Whilst the company closed its doors in 1981, their mark was permanent and the story was far from over.

Featuring never-before-seen interviews with the pioneers who did it, along with demonstrations of all of their iconic creations; this is Electromotive: The Story of ARP Instruments.


Type: Documentary
Year: 2020
Styles: Ambient, Berlin, Disco, Experimental, Industrial, Progressive, Space Rock, Soundtrack, Techno
Formats: Digital / Download
Liscense: Copyright
Phil Dodds
Dave Fredricks
David Friend
Jermey Hill
Don Muro
Alan Pearlman
Dina Pearlman
Director: Alex Ball
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Jack Hertz


Fantastic! Finally, a documentary that tells the whole story about the ARP Synthesizer. Alan Pearlman's entry into electronic music instruments design and how the company came to be, it's products, successes, and failures are presented in interviews with Alan and others who where there. A MUST-SEE for anyone who wants to know the ARP story.

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