Amazing big band! Jazz buffs will recognize a young Stan Getz and Shorty Rodgers.

A Mellotron M400 in clear lucite

A Mellotron M400 in clear lucite

The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonic keyboard originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. The heart of the instrument is a bank of parallel linear magnetic audio tapes, which have approximately eight seconds of playing time each. Playback heads underneath each key enable the playing of pre-recorded sounds. (Info via Wikipedia)

The Mellotron was used by British rock artists Graham Bond and Mike Pinder before it was used and brought to public popularity by The Beatles in the song “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Check out the Mellotron below in action:

The sounds of space age pop filled bachelor pads far and wide in the 1960’s. Below are some of my favorite album covers! Images via.

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This cover features Charles Eames' solar powered "Do Nothing" toy!

This cover features Charles Eames' solar powered "Do Nothing" toy!

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I found this amazing innovative short produced by Ernie Kovacs in which the various objects of an office workspace come to life. The music they dance to is a medley (“Jalousie/Sentimental Journey”) by space age pop maestro Juan Esquivel.

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