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RIP Don Leslie
Don Leslie, creator of the Leslie rotating speaker cabinet and the
first modulation effect, has left this world at the age of 93.
His creation made 90 percent of electric organ repertoire possible, and
assisted textural music in non-obvious ways.
The extended bass response his cabinets gave the Hammond at once
empowered us supper club organists, and put many a string bassist out
of work. And what would "Stratosfear" have sounded like if it weren't
for all the Leslied guitar, or who would have thought of the modulated
delay line as a chorus effect to mimic the sound of Don's speaker?
Those of us who play organ and those of us who enjoy modulation effects
have him to thank for a lot of things. So ... put on a Groove Holmes
record, or a copy of Tangerine Dream's Rubycon, or just hit the A/B
switch on your Vortex in his honour, if you see fit.