FREE: Les Paul Exhibit Heads to College of St. Rose

Les Paul was an extraordinary guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with numerous recording innovations, including overdubbing, delay effects, electronic echo and many other innovations that recording artists use every day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records. He’s also the only person to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Les Paul died in 2009, but his legacy lives on in Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience, a 53-foot interactive exhibit on wheels that will be rolling onto the campus of the College of Saint Rose in Albany for two days this week.

The giant, state-of-the-art traveling exhibit will take visitors behind the scenes and into the world of the music legend. You’ll be able to mix and share music, explore Paul’s sound, music and technology innovations, witness how Paul pushed the limits of audio technology and learn how Paul’s inventions and techniques have formed the foundation of live and recorded music enjoyed by generations.

An interactive digital experience allows visitors to create their own 20-second sound recording and share their “new sound” via social media. You can memorialize your visit with a fun photo capture experience that places you in the picture with a classic image of Paul to save, send and post to social networks. A double-sided listening station allows you to listen to performances from all throughout Paul’s long career.

The mobile exhibit will be parked on campus at the William Randolph Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media (next to the Massry Center for the Arts) on Wednesday and Thursday (May 4 & 5). Exhibit hours are 12noon-8pm on both days. The exhibit is open to the public, and admission is free.

In conjunction with the exhibit, St. Rose faculty members Paul Evoskevich, Matthew Finck, Andrew McKenna Lee and Sean McClowry will perform Paul’s compositions, songs he made popular and new music inspired by his inventions and technical achievements in concert at 8pm Wednesday (May 4) at the Massry Center for the Arts. And Sean McClowry will offer a lecture/demonstration of Paul’s many achievements and their value to the modern digital recording studio at 2:30 & 5:30pm Thursday (May 5) at Jack’s Place in the Hearst Center. Admission is free.

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  1. Mike H says

    Thanks for the heads-up on this, especially since it’s pretty much around the content from where we live.
    Had the opportunity to see the great man play and shake his hand after one of his weekly gigs at what was then named Fat Tuesday’s (think it turned into the Iridium later). Felt like a pilgrimage,

  2. Mike H says

    Whoops, meant around the corner, not around the content (that’s what I get for phone typing).

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