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Mellotron Record Release & Pick-up

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Crosstown Arts Galleries
1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

Duets for Mellotron — a blue vinyl gatefold LP package of a live performance by Jonathan Kirkscey and Robby Grant, organized in collaboration with Winston Eggleston — will be available for pre-order pick-up on January 13, 14, 17 and 18. A limited number of copies will also be available to the general public for $20 each.

Times for pick-up:
Friday 1/13: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
(On Friday, from 6-8 p.m., there will be screenings of Winston Eggleston’s “Liquid Light Show” and Crosstown Arts’ Mellotron video. Jonathan and Robby will be on hand for a meet-and-greet, and cocktails will be available).
Saturday 1/14: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1/15: CLOSED
Monday 1/16: CLOSED
Tuesday 1/17: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 1/18: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The album was originally performed during the “Duets for Mellotron” event at Crosstown Arts on April 16-17, 2016.

Facebook event for pre-order pick-up

This unique performance — the world’s first Mellotron duet — features an obscure but ingenious keyboard instrument invented in the 1940s which was designed to reproduce the sound of virtually any acoustic, electromechanical, or synthesized instrument.

The Mellotron is essentially a giant cassette tape player, operated manually by pressing keys on a keyboard. When a key is struck, a prerecorded sound is played/heard, conceptually making the Mellotron an analog forerunner to digital sampling.

The M400 and a new M4000 cycling Mellotron, from Winston Eggleston’s small but diverse Mellotron collection, will be played at the performance. Eggleston will also share a series of new site-specific digital projections to complement the music.


Crosstown Arts