CU Denver and the College of Arts & Media (CAM) served as a stop for the “Les Paul Big Sound Experience” on Friday, Oct. 23. The mobile exhibit is making its way across the country on a tour in honor of the 100th anniversary of the legendary inventor and musician.
With CAM’s unique Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, the campus stop was a perfect fit for the CU Denver community. The 53-foot state-of-the-art tour vehicle gave guests a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Les Paul and allowed them to immerse themselves in music exploration, sound and technology innovations and hands-on entertainment. The tour stop was sponsored by CAM to expose the campus community to the influence of art, music and the media.
Paul was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock ‘n’ roll possible. He is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
William Charles Livingston, a CU Denver student studying Singing-Songwriting, was among the nearly 200 students, alumni and community members who came out to experience the exhibit. “It was definitely an interesting experience to learn about how prolific Les Paul was and his influence in the industry, both for recording technologies and musical advancements,” Livingston said. “I really enjoyed the interesting aspects that dealt with studio effects and lifetime musical examples.”
The tour’s next stops include the Oregon State University and at Pier 39 in San Francisco.
Guest Contributor: Tanida Ruampant, Assistant Dean, Outreach and Engagement, College of Arts & Media