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A History of Music and Technology: The Hammond Organ

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason tells the story of Laurens Hammond and the legacy of the instrument which bears his name.

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason tells the story of Laurens Hammond and the musical legacy of the instrument which bears his name.

The Hammond Organ is arguably the first mass-market electronic instrument and in this episode we head to the heart of the Hammond Organ story: Chicago.

One of the most familiar and versatile instruments to emerge in the 20th Century, the Hammond Organ’s reach ranges from the gospel of African-American churches, to jazz and reggae, to the swirling sound of progressive rock.

The series is produced in association with the Open University.

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