120 Years of Electronic Music: History, timeline and encyclopedia of electronic musical instruments from 1870 through to the 1980s. From the Telharmonium to Moog and Kurzweil. Photos, descriptions, and anecdotes.
I have been an enthusiast and hobbyist of electronic music making for more than 30 years. I have owned a number of vintage instruments and I have more than a dozen reference books tracing the history of electronic music from the earliest days. So I am astonished (and delighted) to find details, photos and stories here about instruments and inventors I have literally never heard of before. Like Hugo Gernsbak’s Staccatone (1923) and Pianorad (1926). Along with all of the big names, or course: Moog, Mellotron, Buchla, Oberheim, Waldorf and so many more. There are a few missing (such as my own first synth, the Electrocomp EML101 from the early 70’s), but more than enough to keep any keyboard and synth geek browsing for hours.
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