January 16- The Story of the Les Paul Artifacts in the Mahwah Museum
The Story of the Les Paul Artifacts in the Mahwah Museum
with Sean McClowry
Saturday, January 16, 2021 @ 11:00am
Registration required (see below)
This presentation will discuss the artifacts from Les Paul’s home studios which are on display at this museum. The unique collection, not seen anywhere else, is on long term loan from the Les Paul Foundation.
Special Attention will be given to the “Octopus,” the “Monster,” the Sound on Sound machine (Ampex 300), and the Wally Jones Mixer. Sean will go through the music made on each of these machines, the origins of the machines, they way they function, and the dates that Les used them.
Sean McClowry is currently Associate Professor of Music Industry at the College Of Saint Rose, teaching courses in record production, analog recording, songwriting & composition, music business, and double bass. Sean is active as a music producer, composer, songwriter, and performing artist in both popular and classical music worlds. Specializing in historic methods of recording and music production, Sean’s area of research is Les Paul and Mary Ford, their groundbreaking recordings, and technical advancements as recording artists. Sean spends lots of time restoring and using vintage recording equipment, including record cutters and Ampex reel to reel tape machines. Sean’s work with this medium is part academic and part obsession. He is currently working on a book about Les Paul.
**We intend to host this event in a hybrid format with some of our attendees coming to the Museum and others streaming the event on Zoom. Registration for in-person attendance is now open and, due to the continued impact of COVID-19, will be capped at 25 people and masks will be required. Details for online registration to follow.
Register for in-person attendance here:
Admission for non-members is $5 and will be collected at the door.