Alan R. Pearlman invented the ARP synthesizer. The ARP 2500 was introduced in 1970 and gave Moog its first bit of serious competition and he went on to invent another 16 synthesizers.
50 years later and following Alan’s death in January Dina Pearlman (his daughter) formed the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation in order to preserve and celebrate her father’s legacy and to offer help and support to young and unfunded musicians through various charitable projects.
The work of the Foundation has only just begun and they have been given the opportunity to introduce themselves at the NAMM show in January. This should give them the exposure they need to kickstart and fund their projects.
So, the ARP Foundation is reaching out to the synthesizer community in an Indiegogo campaign to raise a very modest amount of money to cover the costs of attending the show and producing marketing materials. The target is $4632 which feels totally achievable.
There are a few goodies up for grabs depending on how much you donate.
- £8 gets you some cool stickers.
- £19 adds a music download from either Lisa Bella Donna, David Baron or David Mash.
- £39 gets you all three downloads.
- £77 gets you a t-shirt and one download or £116 gets all three.
- £193 gets everything plus a rather nice hoodie.
- £309 adds in the Bright Sparks synthesizer documentary – there are 20 of these.
- £386 will get 5 people a rare and original ARP pin.
- £463 will get 5 people a signature 2600 patchbook.
- £579 gets 4 people a subscription to Ask.Audio
- £772 gets 1 person an original vinyl demonstration disk, but that’s gone already.
The influence of Alan’s ARP synthesizers on the world of electronic music cannot be underestimated. With the recent release of Behringer’s Odyssey homage to the original ARP synthesizer and their forthcoming 2600 clone a whole new generation of musicians will be re-introduced to his legacy.
The ARP Foundation sounds like an awesome and appropriate way to honour his contribution and snagging yourself some stickers or a t-shirt is a brilliant way to support their work. So, head over to the Indiegogo page to make your donation and choose your perk.