Spotlight On Mahwah Museum!

The mission of the Mahwah Museum Society is to preserve and present the history of the community and its connection to the region. Museum exhibits display information about the history of Mahwah and the surrounding community. The Society also presents a monthly lecture series featuring programs related to local history given by distinguished amateur and professional historians.
The Museum's collection of artifacts, photographs, historical records and documents is carefully preserved, documented and catalogued and is available, by appointment to historians and researchers.
By encouraging discovery, understanding and appreciation of the region's heritage, the Museum provides perspective for the present and the future.


The Genius of Les Paul


Presented by Seth Cluett

Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.


Modern American music has benefited immeasurably from the innovations of Les Paul.  In addition to his invention of the solid body electric guitar, his impact on music technology has revolutionized the recording process. Paul pioneered the development of multitrack recording and is credited with having invented the first eight-track tape recorder and the technique of overdubbing. Seth Cluett will discuss the wide-ranging influence of this self-made iconoclast who did much of his work from his home in Mahwah where he lived for close to sixty years.

Seth Cluett is an artist, composer, and theorist whose work ranges from photography and drawing to video, concert music, and critical writing. His "subtle...seductive, immersive" (Artforum) sound work has been characterized as "rigorously focused and full of detail" (e/i) and "dramatic, powerful, and at one with nature" (The Wire). The recipient of grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund, Meet the Composer, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cluett has published articles for BYPASS, Shifter, Intransitive, The Open Space Magazine, Leonardo Music Journal, 306090, Earshot, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  He has presented at venues such as MassMoCA, The Kitchen, GRM, Palais de Tokyo, STEIM, and Dundee Contemporary Arts and his work is documented on Line, Radical Matters, Sedimental, and Winds Measure recordings. In the fall of 2012, Cluett joined the faculty of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he teaches courses in audio engineering as well as electronic and experimental sound practices as an Assistant Professor of Music Production.


Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Ramapo Reformed Church Education Bldg., 100 Island Road, Mahwah NJ

Reservations recommended:


Admission $3.00 – Members free, refreshments served.




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