Electromotive – The Story of ARP Instruments (video, 2020)

An excellent documentary about the history of the company ARP – telling their story from the late 60s to the present. 110 minutes (!) full of information, with interview partners such as Alan R. Pearlman, David Friend, Phil Dodds, Jeremy Hill, David Fredericks, Dina Pearlman and many more. Musical contributions by Don Muro, Lisa Bella Donna, Alex Ball, David Baron, Drew Schlesinger, Marko Ettlich …

May we just point out two excerpts from the many remarkable interviews:

“… I called David Friend and begged him:
‘I really can’t see life without this’ …”

Don Muro,
who desperately wanted an ARP 2600, but couldn’t afford it right away

“It’s pleasant knowing that I really did some contributions.
Never I made any money, but still …”

Alan R. Pearlman,
in one of his last interviews in 2014

Electromotive – The Story of ARP Instruments

Further Links:

Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

Alan Robert Pearlman (1925 – 2019) (Blog entry)
Alan R. Pearlman (The New York Times)
Alan R. Pearlman (Wikipedia)

ARP 2600 – holy grail of analog? (Test report)
ARP Axxe – small is beautiful (Test report)

Filed under 2020, General, Stories

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1 Comment

  1. Bob McGlinchey

    Jeremy Hill (ARP Solo PRO) showed me the plans for one of the first Keytars back in 1976/77. Fellow inventor the late David Hunter made the fiberglass shell. He had already sold one but I forget who. I thought the hands were under the keys with proper posture rather than bent over playing hands above the keyrar.

    Wonder if Jeremy remembers me.

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