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Yes and the rarest musical instrument in the world with Chris Dale – 503

Produced by Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week we decided to go really deeply into the technical weeds of Yes and look at an instrument which appears on Tormato and not very many other places in the musical universe. We are joined by the remarkable Chris Dale who has devoted many years of his life to collecting and renovating this, rarest of all musical instruments, the Birotron. We discuss what Rick Wakeman had to do with this fascinating story, what the Birotron is and why it was never put into production despite 1000 musicians wanting to buy one.

It’s another deeply hidden part of the Yesstory and one which Mark and I enjoyed finding out about enormously. I hope you also find it an interesting diversion.

  • What is a Birotron?
  • Where can you hear one?
  • Why is it the rarest musical instrument in the world?

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Help Save The Birotron Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/birotron/

An article on the Birotron

https://musicalduffer.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/urmusik-2-steampunk-scooby-doo-and-the-birotron/?fbclid=IwAR1-lBWYz_qDU68JMdob4xznbqoxu7nhm007sflLnDLvwwUFCCIJ4JM3Xh8


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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from: archive.org