by The Arches

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Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber Oh boy, I've got to hurry up purchasing the latest "Arches" album, because the next one surely is in post-production already. This album celebrates the oldest known working lightbulb - an improved incandescent lamp, invented by Adolphe A. Chaillet, and manufactured by the Shelby Electric Company. Working almost uninterruptedly since 1901, its home is now in Livermore, California, in front of the incorruptible eye of a webcam. I've checked it a minute ago, and I can tell you it still burns... Favorite track: Nova Tempo.


The 110 year old light bulb glowed illuminating the night shadows that moved when the bulb flickered. No one knew exactly what drove this particular light to continue its battle against darkness, and the ultimate nothingness that awaits, but there it was. Whether guarding over spirits or fire engines or city streets, the light bulb and all its manifestations has changed mankind forever. The Patent Makers never knew all of the practical and ambient mood atmospheres created by their inventions, but we sure are grateful and thankful for the efforts they made all those years ago. I mean, where would we be without the light bulb and the phonograph?

In the 1927 recording made by Thomas A. Edison at the Golden Jubilee of the Phonograph ceremony, he recalls the first words he spoke into the phonograph, a recital of the “Mary Had a Little Lamb” nursery rhyme. The original 1877 recording was not saved and no longer exists.
(Heard at end of Wizard of Menlo Park)

Check out a live webcam of the oldest burning light bulb here:

Peace, Love and Light,
The Arches


released June 3, 2018

The Arches are:

Murphy Spark- Lead Guitar, Bass
Nova Williams - Rhythm Guitar
Jessica Fury – Drum Kit, Vintage Movie Samples
Nina Blade – Piano, Synth, Bass

Special Guests:
From Admiral Leonard's Royal Orchestra:
Johnny Kahn - Trumpet
Ralph Gerhy - Trombone/Tuba
Angie Lightheart - Violin
Barb Johnson - Cello
Denise Jenny - Flute
Joyce Melburn - Bassoon

Our friend Jeff joins us a second time!
Jeff Numac - Fender Rhodes Mark 1 Electric Piano

Album cover photo* & concept by MLS
Mixed & Mastered by the band at Swany River Studios
All songs written & arranged by Mark L Swanson

* photo of mosaic tile at Lakewood Memorial Chapel (1908), Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis,MN


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The Arches Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Arches are a Minneapolis Instrumental band spreading love and kindness around the world. Our songs are simple sketches of studio performances.

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