'Lost' ARP synth demo kickstarts the Odyssey's 50th anniversary celebrations

Happy birthday, ARP Odyssey. It's the iconic instrument's 50th anniversary this week, and a foundation dedicated to preserving the legacy of ARP's founder, Alan R. Pearlman, is leading the celebrations. 

This past weekend, the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation shared a recently unearthed "treasure trove of vintage footage" that contains '70s TV demonstrations of the Odyssey. In the video embedded above, Tom Piggott charmingly demos the ARP Odyssey, ARP Pro Soloist and ARP 2600. 


In recognition of the anniversary, the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation held an event on November 5th. 2022: A Fifty-Year ARP Odyssey took place at Boston's David Friend Recital Hall, and was hosted by The Berklee College of Music’s Electronic Production and Design Department. The event featured live performances, interviews and panel discussions, along with appearances from a variety of high-profile guests, including Herbie Hancock, Billy Currie and Greg Phillinganes. 

As part of the weekend's festivities, the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation also shared the video below, in which YouTuber Alex Ball talks us through through the Odyssey's enduring popularity.

Read our guide to 10 great things about the ARP Odyssey.

Find out more about the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation on their website.

Matt Mullen
Tech Editor

I'm the Tech Editor for MusicRadar, working across everything from artist interviews to product news to tech tutorials. I love electronic music and I'm endlessly fascinated by the tools we use to make it. When I'm not behind my laptop keyboard, you'll find me behind a MIDI keyboard, carefully crafting the beginnings of another project that I'll ultimately abandon to the creative graveyard that is my overstuffed hard drive.

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